Wonderful welcome in
June 28, 2005 - All four teams, Germany, Brazil, Poland
and hosts China arrived in Macau on Tuesday to a
marvellous reception from members of the organizing
committee, including President Mr. Vong Iao lek, Vice
Presidents Mr. Pau Ma Chong and José Tavares as well as
representative of title sponsor, Mr. John Au.
China’s squad includes Feng Kun, Yang Hao, Liu Yanan,
Zhou Shuhong, Zhang Ping, whilst Zhao Ruirui, Song Nina,
Wang Lin and Luo Yu are missing from the journey in
Prior to arrival in Macau, the four participating teams
achieved outstanding results in the first week. China
was crowned champion in the Ningbo leg, Brazil and
Poland finished first and third respectively in Tokyo
while Germany also managed to finish third in Reggio
Macau fans are now expecting another series of exciting
matches, packed full of dazzling Volleyball skills.
The 2005 World Grand Prix lasts four weeks with a total
of 69 matches. Preliminary rounds are held in the first
three weeks - with 18 matches per team - to be played in
Japan, Italy, China, Korea, Macau, Philippines, Hong
Kong, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.
The Macau leg is scheduled as the Group E leg of the
second preliminary round, and the other legs of Week Two
are staged in Seoul and Manila as well. The final will
return to Sendai, Japan for five days, with the round
robin system being applied for the decision of the 2005
Classification in the preliminary rounds is decided by
the number of points gained by teams participating in
the same group and general ranking will be decided by
the total number of World Grand Prix Points (GPP) gained
by teams in the preliminary matches. Two GPPs will be
granted for one match won, one GPP for one match lost.