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Fuji TV stages 100-day countdown to World Cup

Tokyo, July 24th, 2007 - The official countdown has started to the 2007 World Cup in Japan – and to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

On a glorious summer afternoon in Tokyo Bay on Tuesday, World Cup host broadcaster Fuji TV unveiled a countdown board in the entertainment area surrounding their space-age headquarters at Daiba.

On Wednesday, July 25th, there will be exactly 100 days to the start of the women’s World Cup on November 2nd. The women’s tournament runs until November 16th, and will be followed by the men’s World Cup from November 18th to December 2nd.

The top three teams in each of the 12-team round-robin competitions will qualify for the Beijing Olympics.

The President of the Japan Volleyball Association, Masao Tachiki, said the World Cup provided a “premium ticket” to Beijing: “Of the 219 national volleyball federations around the world, only 12 can play at the Beijing Olympics,” he told a large crowd of onlookers. “The World Cup is a very important competition because the top three teams will go to Beijing, so please support the event and cheer the teams.”

The President of Fuji TV, Kou Toyoda, joined Mr. Tachiki in removing the cover of the countdown clock.

Staff handed out World Cup fans for the spectators to keep cool in the hot temperatures. The two on-stage presenters – Rio Hirai and Tomoko Honda -- both wore traditional summer yukata adorned with the Vabo-chan volleyball mascot, as the volleyball theme song “Stand up for the champions” played in the background.
  
 

 

  
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