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2009 FIVB Women's Grand Champions Cup
Tokyo - Fukuoka, Japan
10 - 15 November 2009

 Press Release
Wildcards confirmed for FIVB World Grand Champions Cup

The Korean women's team will be looking to improve on finishing sixth at the last two Grand Champions Cup

Lausanne, October 6, 2009 – With little more than one month remaining before the start of the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan, the two wildcards for the prestigious quadrennial event have been announced with the women’s wild card going to Korea and the men’s awarded to Egypt.

A working group consisting of representatives of the FIVB, Japanese Volleyball Association (the host Federation) and NTV (the host broadcaster) were responsible for making the wildcard selection, on the basis of growing the sport of Volleyball within new territories and raising the profile of the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup amongst a new fan base. The timing of the announcement, 35 days out from the start of competition, is in accordance with the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup competition rules, in order to give the wildcard teams the chance to prepare for the event.

The FIVB World Grand Champions Cup will feature the winners of continental qualifying tournaments for men and women with the women’s tournament running from November 10-15 in Tokyo and Fukuoka and the men’s competition following from November 18-23 in Osaka and Nagoya.

All but one continental tournament remains with the NORCECA qualifier (the NORCECA Men’s Championships) due to be held from October 10-18. The Italian and Brazilian teams were the most recent women’s teams to qualify having won their respective continental championships on Sunday, while on Monday, the Iranian men’s team booked their place at the Asian Men’s Continental Championships after finishing second to the FIVB Grand Champions Cup hosts Japan.

2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup Qualified Teams:

Asia: Thailand
Norceca: Dominican Republic
Europe: Italy
South America: Brazil
Hosts: Japan
Wildcard: Korea

South America: Brazil
Europe: Poland
Asia: Iran
Hosts: Japan
Wildcard: Egypt 
NORCECA:  Still to be played (October 10-18 in Puerto Rico)

Previous FIVB World Grand Champions Cup Champions
2005: Women - Brazil, Men - Brazil
2001: Women - China, Men - Cuba

2009 FIVB Grand Champions Cup official page:

For more information contact:
Richard Baker - FIVB Communications Deputy Director
DD. +41 21 345 3535
Fax: +41 21 345 3545

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