FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

Press release

Japan coach Manabe draws the line after winning World Grand Champions Cup bronze


Japan's coach Masayoshi Manabe was among the guests who attended the opening day of the Men's World Grand Champions Cup at Kyoto Prefectural Gymnasium

Kyoto, Japan, November 19, 2013 – Only a couple of days after the women’s tournament came to a close in Tokyo, the head coach of Team Japan Masayoshi Manabe was among the guests who attended the opening day of the FIVB Men’s World Grand Champions Cup at Kyoto Prefectural Gymnasium.

Coach Manabe was rather happy with his team’s performance: “Our goal was to make the podium and we eventually got third place. We lost to the teams that are currently ranked first and second in the world, Brazil and USA, so we can’t be too disappointed though I was hoping for more from these games,” he said.

The World Grand Champions Cup does not assign any ticket to the Olympics or the World Championships but Manabe feels like this competition is a very good opportunity to continue with the development of the national team. “Since it does not count for the FIVB Ranking but still you have the very best teams in the world competing here, the World Grand Champions Cup is a good challenge we are always wanting to take up. It also gives me the opportunity to test some players who are normally not included on our starting six but need to get more and more experience on the international stage before we take on next year’s World Champs and from there we continue our work towards the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.”

Manabe did not want to disclose any prediction about the chances of Team Japan to perform well in the men’s competition: “I really do not know much about their possibilities so it is very difficult for me to say what they can achieve in this tournament.” Team Japan will debut on Tuesday night playing USA.

After winning bronze at London 2012, the women’s national team have completed their return to the top and sparked a real volleyball fever across the country. A passion that shall reach new heights by 2020, i.e. by the time Tokyo will welcome the Olympics. “Actually for the time being I am focused only and exclusively on our preparations for Rio 2016. After Rio we will start building up the team for Tokyo 2020 where we may include also some of the players who are currently in the youth and junior national teams. These girls have performed well also internationally so I think that the future for our national team looks pretty bright.”

Japan’s undisputed volleyball star Saori Kimura has moved to Turkey already last year and after switching from VakifBank to Galatasaray, she is about to spend her second season in Europe. Manabe has a clear view on this topic: “Of course our players moving to Europe are able to progress and develop while playing there. At the same time, we need to keep the value of our V-League and for me as national team coach, it is sometimes difficult to follow what these players are doing once they move abroad.”

Manabe is also working on an action plan so as to boost the development of volleyball in Japan. “Our women’s national team is very popular at this stage especially after we won bronze at the Olympics. We shall try to exploit this good moment to mobilize more youngsters so that they start playing volleyball and we have more players to work on for the future.”


Download highresolution

 Language(s)
   English
   French
   Spanish

| More

More press releases

   
20.12.2013 16:22:51
VolleyWorld 12: It’s a wrap
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 20, 2013 – The last edition of VolleyWorld for 2013 brings together all the high points of the volleyball season in pi... More...
21.11.2013 11:14:48
Fans flock to FIVB's YouTube following historic Thailand win
Lausanne, Switzerland, November 21, 2013 – Last week’s FIVB Volleyball Women’s Grand Champions Cup was filled with surprises, and one of the most exci... More...
18.11.2013 15:53:56
Brazil’s volleyball magicians make history
Lausanne, Switzerland, November 18, 2013 - The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup ended with a familiar scene: the ladies in their bright yello... More...
17.11.2013 14:40:43
Claudino gives credit to teammates for MVP award
Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2013 – Brazil’s Fabiana Claudino was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 FIVB Women’s Grand Champions Cup won by the... More...
17.11.2013 14:03:44
The first set was the key to our win: Ze Roberto
Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2013 – Brazil won the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup on Sunday by defeating Japan 3-0 (29-27, 25-14, 25-18) at Tokyo Metrop... More...
17.11.2013 14:01:11
Brazil clinch second title in Grand Champions Cup
Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2013 – Olympic champions and world No. 1 Brazil won the gold medal in the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup on Sunday by defea... More...
17.11.2013 11:56:08
Brazil clinch World Grand Champions Cup with 3-0 win over Japan
Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2013 – Olympic champions and world No. 1 Brazil won the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup on Sunday by defeating Japan 3-0 (29... More...
17.11.2013 09:59:48
Everybody had fun: Thai captain Apinyapong
Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2013 – Thailand beat Russia for the first time ever in an FIVB competition on Sunday, securing their first win of the FIVB... More...
17.11.2013 09:37:14
Thailand score historic victory over Russia in Grand Champions Cup
Tokyo, November 17, 2013 – Thailand beat Russia for the first time ever in an FIVB competition on Sunday, securing their first win of the FIVB World ... More...
17.11.2013 06:46:45
Team USA has a lot to be proud of: Kiraly
Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2013 – The United States moved into the silver-medal position on the final day of the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup on Su... More...