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Drawing of Lots for Beijing Olympic Volleyball Tournaments Held in Beijing

The Drawing of lots goes under the supervision of FIVB First Vice-President Wei Jizhong

Beijing, China, June 11, 2008 -- FIVB, in cooperation with the Chinese Volleyball Association and BOCOG, hosted on June 11 Wednesday afternoon in Beijing the drawing of lots for the Volleyball Tournaments of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, which will be played from 9th to 24th August, 2008.

 

The drawing of lots for the Women’s and Men’s Olympic Volleyball Tournaments took place in the Press Conference Room of the Olympic Volleyball venue, the newly renovated 18,000 seat Capital Indoor Stadium, which will stage the Olympic Volleyball Tournaments preliminary round and the finals.

 

More than 100 media representatives from China and other countries, including representatives from Serbia and Brazil’s Embassy in Beijing, attended the official draw ceremony, and the FIVB Anthem was played at the ceremony..

 

The qualified teams, 12 men and 12 women’s teams, have been drawn into two pools of six teams each under the supervision of FIVB First Executive Vice-President Wei Jizhong and with the assistance of Vice-President of the Chinese Volleyball Association Li Quanqiang and Director of BOCOG Sports Department Zhang Jilong.

 

The drawing followed the Serpentine system based on the World rankings published on January 5, 2008 to complete the pools.

 

Olympic Volleyball Tournament for Women to be played from 9th to 23rd of August, 2008

 

The 12 women’s qualified teams are China, Italy, Brazil, USA, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Russia, Cuba), Venezuela, Poland, Serbia) and Japan.

 

Composition:

 

Pool A: China (A5), Cuba (A4), USA(A6), Japan(A1), Poland(A3),  

            Venezuela(A2)

 

Pool B: Brazil(B6), Italy(B3), Russia(B4), Serbia(B2), Kazakhstan(b5),

            Algeria(B1)..

 

Preliminary Round:

 

The preliminary pool round will be played on the round-robin base to decide the pool’s rankings with the top four teams in each pool entering into the quarterfinals.

 

The exact match time for each day in the preliminary round will be decided by BOCOG after consultation with TV, and then will be submitted to FIVB for Approval.

 

The calendar of the preliminary round from 9th to 17th, August:

 

9th August, Saturday, 2008:

Pool A:   Japan vs. USA

              Venezuela vs. China

 Poland vs. Cuba

 

Pool B:   Algeria vs. Brazil

              Serbia vs. Kazakhstan

              Italy vs. Russia

 

11th August, Monday, 2008

Pool A:   USA vs. Cuba

              China vs. Poland

               Japan vs. Venezuela

 

Pool B:   Brazil vs. Russia

              Kazakhstan vs. Italy

              Algeria vs. Serbia

 

13th August, Wednesday, 2008

Pool A:   Venezuela vs. USA

               Poland vs. Japan

               Cuba vs. China

 

Pool B:   Serbia vs. Brazil

               Italy vs. Algeria

               Russia vs. Kazakhstan

 

15th August, Friday, 2008:

Pool A:   USA vs. China

               Japan vs. Cuba

               Venezuela vs. Poland

 

Pool B:   Brazil vs. Kazakhstan

              Algeria vs. Russia

              Serbia vs. Italy

 

17th August, Sunday, 2008:

Pool A:    Poland vs. USA

               Cuba vs. Venezuela

               China vs. Japan

 

Pool B:    Italy vs. Brazil

               Russia vs. Serbia

               Kazakhstan vs. Algeria

      

 

 

Olympic Volleyball Tournament for Men to be played from 9th to 24th of August, 2008

 

The qualified teams are defending Olympic champions Brazil, Russia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Japan, Serbia, USA, Venezuela, Germany, Italy, and Poland.

 

Composition:

 

Pool A: China(A4), USA(A1), Bulgaria(A3), Italy(A2), Japan(A5), Venezuela

             (A6)

 

Pool B: Brazil(B2), Russia(B6), Poland(B3), Serbia(B1), Egypt(B5), Germany

            (B4)

 

Preliminary Round:

 

The preliminary pool round will be played on the round-robin base to decide the pool’s rankings with the top four teams in each pool entering into the quarterfinals.

 

The exact match time for each day in the preliminary round will be decided by BOCOG after consultation with TV, and then will be submitted to FIVB for Approval.

 

The calendar of the preliminary round from 10th to 18th, August:

 

10th August, Sunday 2008:

Pool A:   USA vs. Venezuela

 Italy vs. Japan

 Bulgaria vs. China

 

Pool B:   Serbia vs. Russia

               Brazil vs. Egypt

               Poland vs. Germany

 

12th August, Tuesday, 2008

Pool A:   Venezuela vs. China

               Japan vs. Bulgaria

                USA vs. Italy

 

Pool B:   Russia vs. Germany

              Egypt vs. Poland

              Serbia vs. Brazil

 

14th August, Thursday, 2008::

Pool A:    Italy vs. Venezuela

               Bulgaria vs. USA

               China vs. Japan

 

Pool B:    Brazil vs. Russia

               Poland vs. Serbia

              Germany vs. Egypt

 

16th August, Saturday, 2008:

Pool A:    Venezuela vs. Japan

                 USA vs. China

                 Italy vs. Bulgaria

 

Pool B:     Russia vs. Egypt

                Serbia vs. Germany

                 Brazil vs. Poland

 

18th August, Monday, 2008:

Pool A:     Bulgaria vs. Venezuela

                China vs. Italy

                Japan vs. USA

 

Pool B:     Poland vs. Russia

                Germany vs. brazil

                Egypt vs. Serbia.

      

As for the Quarterfinals, FIVB First Executive Vice-President Wei Jizhong told a press conference after the official draw ceremony that A1 will play against B4 and B1 compete with A4 in the quarter-finals, with the winner entering the semi-finals. But the other four teams, namely A2, A3, B2 and B3, will have another draw to determine the order of matches. Mr. Wei explained that the purpose of this measure is to be more fair and to avoid any losing a match on purpose as happened in Athens Olympic Games. He said the final decision will be made at the coming FIVB Congress in Dubai.

  
 

 

  
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