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Bulgaria win as Konstantinov returns home for tests
 

Japan's Kosuke Tomonaga sets during the match
Beijing, China, August 12, 2008 - A match that could have been easy to foresee became an unpredictably tough game (3-1: 29-27, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19).

Injures forced Head Coach Martin Stoev to use last-minute solutions, and this allowed Japan to find more space for their spikes. As usual, the Japanese team displayed a good performance in back-row skills. In the first two sets Takahiro Yamamoto led his team in attack. Then Bulgaria's physical strength made the difference, especially with Vladimir Nikolov (best scorer of the match with 21 points), supported by opposite player Boyan Yordanov used by Stoev as a wing spiker (four aces for him).

Despite the final victory, Bulgaria seemed worried for the future of the tournament. Plamen Konstantinov missed also this game, after the first match against China.

Rumours about his absence still continued, but the only official words came from the team doctor after the match.

In the Mixed Zone, Dr. Dinko Zahariev declared to the media: "In the last Plamen Konstantinov sample there were values very close to the limits settled by regulations. It could be physiological, I cannot say anything. We asked to WADA laboratory here in Beijing to check this sample, but they refused. We decided not to risk it and we stopped the player. We need to test him again, that's why he is back in Bulgaria now."