Lausanne, August 31, 2009 —
Qualifying for the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championships wrapped up this
weekend with four teams finalizing their tickets to the Final Round in Japan at
competitions in Mexico and Chinese Taipei.
Silver's as good as gold to Costa Rica, who will appear in only their 2nd World Championship next year
Canada and Costa Rica
advanced from a tough NORCECA Playoff Round in Tijuana that also featured
Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago. Canada finished the round-robin competition
undefeated to top the group, while Costa Rica finished as runners-up with a 2-1
In Asia, Korea booked its
spot in Japan 2010 with an unbeaten run over Kazakhstan, Taipei and New
Zealand. Kazakhstan, at 2-1, finished second to also progress.
Qualifying kicked off on
January 2 in Great Britain and crisscrossed the globe for eight months before
the curtain finally fell on the proceedings this weekend.
Defending champions Russia
and hosts Japan, who received byes to the final round, had to wait until June
14 to get a better picture of the kind of competition they would face in the
Final Round from October 29 to November 14. The
Dominican Republic was the first team to qualify when they topped NORCECA Pool
H over Mexico, Virgin Islands and Panama.
Just over a week later in Havana, Cuba, the hosts
became the second team to stamp their ticket to Japan. This will be the
regional powerhouse’s 11th consecutive appearance at the World
Joining the Dominicans, Cubans, Canadians and Costa
Ricans as NORCECA representatives are USA and Puerto Rico, who clinched their
spots in July.
Kenya and Algeria will represent Africa, while
white-hot Brazil and Peru will wear the South American badge in Japan.
China and Thailand join Korea, Kazakhstan and Japan from
In a busy stretch from July 17-26, eight European
teams qualified for the Final Round. They were: Italy, Czech Republic, Serbia,
Croatia, Turkey, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.