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FIVB approves preliminary-round tournament dates for 2010 World Championships

Chinese Taipei join the 2010 Women's World Championship at the second-round stage in a tournament in Thailand

Lausanne, January 23, 2009 – The FIVB can confirm dates and hosts for upcoming FIVB 2010 Men’s and Women’s World Championship preliminary-round tournaments.

The next event is a men’s first-round tournament scheduled for January 28-30 in Islamabad, Pakistan, with the hosts taking on the Maldives, Macau and Bangladesh.

The first- and second-placed teams from the Asian Volleyball Confederation Pool B tournament will advance to the second round.

The following tournament on the competition calendar is a women’s first-round event in Saint Lucia through March 27-29. The NORCECA tournament will see the hosts compete with Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The winner of the group will advance to the second round.

NORCECA will host their remaining men’s and women’s first-round tournaments in April, with men’s tournaments in Antigua and Barbuda (April 1-5) and Saint Lucia (April 15-19) and a women’s tournament in Saint-Martin (April 15-19.

AVC will host men’s and women’s first-round tournaments through April 20-24 in Wellington, New Zealand.

A number of second-round tournaments in Africa, Europe, South America, Asia and NORCECA are scheduled through May and June.

The updated list of the preliminary round tournaments can be found on the official FIVB website

A record 215 national teams will compete in the 2010 FIVB Men's and Women's World Championships. Of the 24 national teams in each of the finals, Italy as hosts and Brazil as holders have automatically advanced to the men’s finals, while Japan as hosts and Russia as holders have earned their spot in the women’s finals.

In accordance with FIVB regulations, eight European, six NORCECA, four Asian, two South American and two African teams will advance to the women’s finals. For the men’s final round, eight European, five from NORCECA, four Asian, three African and two South American will advance.

The 2010 men’s finals will be held in Italy from September 23 to October 10 and the women's finals in Japan from October 29 to November 14.

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