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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAGUE
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Although the Japan men’s national team did not qualify
for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, they have now
their sights set on the next edition of the Games taking
place in Rio in 2016. The 2013 World League is their
first challenge on the road to Rio under the leadership
of new coach, Gary Sato.
This year’s team includes experienced players such
as Yusuke Ishijima, Tatsuya Fukuzawa, and Kunihiro
Shimizu, as well as young players like Shunsuke Chijiki
and Takashi Dekita.
COACH
Gary Sato, is the first foreign born
coach to lead the Japan men’s
national team. Prior to this post,
Sato was assistant coach with the
US men’s national team joining
their staff in 1984. In 1985,
acting as head coach, Sato led the US team to first
place in the World Cup. He was also on the coaching
staff when the US team took first place in the 1986
World Championship, the gold medal at the 1988
Seoul Olympics, third place at the Barcelona Olympics
in 1992, second place at the 2012 World League and
finally, fifth place at the London Olympics.
JAPAN
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
19
LAST RESULT
15
th
2012
BEST RESULT
6
th
2008
3
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