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The road to Beijing 2008: the qualification system

12 teams for Men and Women

China
+ 3 teams qualified from World Cup
+ 5 teams from Continental Olympic Qualification Tournaments
+ 3 teams from World Olympic Qualification Tournaments

Men Women
1. CHN China (host country) 1. CHN China (host country)
2. BRA Brazil (1st World Cup) 2. ITA Italy (1st World Cup)
3. RUS Russia (2nd World Cup) 3. BRA Brazil (2nd World Cup)
4. BUL Bulgaria (3rd World Cup) 4. USA U.S.A. (3rd World Cup)
5. COQT - Africa 5. COQT - Africa
6. COQT - Asia * 6. COQT - Asia *
7. COQT - Europe 7. COQT - Europe
8. COQT - Norceca 8. COQT - Norceca
9. COQT - South America 9. COQT - South America
10. WOQT - Germany 10. WOQT - Japan *
11. WOQT - Japan * 11. WOQT - Japan *
12. WOQT - Portugal 12. WOQT - Japan *
* The Asian Continental Qualification Tournaments are played combined with the World Olympic Qualification Tournaments in Japan
COQT = Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament
WOQT = World Olympic Qualification Tournament

CONTINENTAL OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENTS
(The winner of each tournament gets the Olympic berth)

NORCECA
Men: January 4-12, Puerto Rico
Teams: Barbados, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
Women: December 15-23, Monterrey, Mexico
Teams: Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago

SOUTH-AMERICA - CSV
Men: January 2-8, Formosa, Argentina
Teams: Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Venezuela, Uruguay
Women: January 3-7, Lima, Peru
Teams: Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

EUROPE - CEV
Men: January 7-13, Izmir, Turkey
Teams: Spain, Italy, Poland, Nederland, Turkey, Serbia, Germany, Finland
Women: January 15-20, Halle, Germany
Teams: Serbia, Russia, Romania, Croatia, Germany, Poland, Nederland, Turkey

AFRICA - CAVB
Men: February 1-10, Johannesburg, South Africa
Teams: Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea-Conakry, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Liberia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Women: January 20-30, Alger, Algeria
Teams: Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Liberia, Seychelles, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe

ASIA - AVC *
Men: May 31-Jun. 8, Tokyo, Japan
Teams: Japan, Australia, Korea, Iran, Thailand
Women: May 17-25, Tokyo, Japan
Teams: Japan, Thailand, Korea, Kazakhstan
 

WORLD OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENTS¶

Men: tournaments in Germany, Portugal, Japan
• May 23-25, Dusseldorf, Germany 4 teams: Germany + 3 teams decided by drawing of lots
• May 30 - June 1, Espinho, Portugal 4 teams: Portugal + 3 teams decided by drawing of lots
• May 31 - June 8, Tokyo, Japan 8 teams: Japan + 4 Asian teams best ranked in the Asian Continental Championship (Australia, Korea, Iran, Thailand) + 3 teams decided by drawing of lots.
Drawing of lots: 3 best ranked teams from Europe, 2 from Norceca, 1 from South America, 1 from Africa, 2 from Asia (Indonesia, Chinese Taipei). The drawing of lots will be conducted in February 2008 in Japan, at the end of all Continental Olympic Qualification Tournaments

Women: May 17-25, Tokyo, Japan *
8 teams: Japan + 3 Asian teams best ranked in the Asian Continental Championship (Thailand, Korea, Kazakhstan) + 4 best World ranked teams.
Best World ranked teams: 2 best ranked teams from Europe, 1 from Norceca, 1 from South America or Africa.
The 3 Olympic berths are assigned to: 1. the winner; 2. the best Asian team; 3. the following best ranked team of the final standings.

* The tournaments in Japan are valid also as Asian Qualification Tournaments.