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Men's Olympic Qualification Tournament - Press Info

Press conference

France beat Japan 3-2 (25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-12) - duration 2:18
29-May, start time: 18:00, end time: 20:18 - Attendance: 10,000
BLAIN, Philippe (FRA Head Coach)
"I am really pleased and proud of the fact that we have qualified for the Olympic Games. I think that the Japanese team played their best in this tournament today without any pressure. Our final goal is to win a medal in Athens. "

DAQUIN, Dominique (FRA Captain)
"Now I am relieved since we finally qualified for the Olympic Games after ten years of preparation. Today Japan played without any psychological pressure and displayed such a good performance that we had to do our best to match against them. "

TANAKA, Mikiyasu (JPN Head Coach)
"When we lost yesterday, I regretted that I should have put in a player who can execute fast attacking. Today, I put Nobuyoshi HOSOKAWA in the starting line up. He did a god job with his fast attacking and good service reception."

KAI, Hiroyuki (JPN Player)
"I think the atmosphere of the team was good today. We lost the match, but we were able to enjoy performing our own volleyball. I think Nobuyoshi HOSOKAWA made a good effort to bring high spirit to the team, and having him in our starting line up gave us a lot of courage."