Paul Duerden (Canada) during the 2007 World League against Korea
Lausanne, 23 January 2008 – The FIVB announced today that a bid is now open to replace Canada, which had to withdraw from the 2008 World League due to financial problems. A 10-days deadline has been set for the proposals coming from other countries, which will be examined by the World League Council.
Canada withdrawal was forced by the decision of the Canadian “Road To Excellence” funding, which will not continue to support the Men’s National Team World League entry. The “Road To Excellence” Program is a partnership between the Canadian Olympic Committee, private sector partners and the federal government to deliver high-performance sports programming and medals in summer sport; it was designed to support Summer Olympic and Paralympic sports deemed to have high probability of success in Beijing 2008 and for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The calendar of the 2008 World League will follow the same successful formula as the last editions. 4 pools of 4 teams will compete for 6 weekends, from Friday 13 June 2008 to Sunday 20 July 2008. The Final Round will be played from 23 to 27 July 2008 in Rio de Janeiro.
Canada’s withdrawal has left a free spot in the World League entry list for another country in Pool A.
FIVB 2008 World League Pools composition:
Pool A: Brazil, France, Serbia, TBD.
Pool B: Russia, Cuba, Korea, Italy.
Pool C: U.S.A., Bulgaria, Spain, Finland.
Pool D: Poland, Japan, China, Egypt.