Lausanne, 12 February 2008 – The Venezuela Men’s team has been invited by the FIVB to compete in the 2008 World League in place of Canada, which had to withdraw because of financial problems. “The FIVB is pleased to have Venezuela back in the World League,” said FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta. “With its enthusiasm, this country can give a boost to the competition. Venezuela’s TV market is one of the biggest in South America. I hope that they will follow all the high standards requested by a competition of the World League’s level. Puerto Rico also was a potential new team for 2008. We have no doubt that for the 2009 edition it will be a strong candidate to replace one of the two countries which has the fewest spectators in the upcoming edition.”
Venezuela will replace Canada in Pool A and will compete against Brazil, France and Serbia.
The calendar of the 2008 World League will follow the same formula as the last edition. Four pools of four teams will compete for six weekends, from Friday 13 June to Sunday 20 July, 2008. Last September, the World League Council decided to assign the organization of the Final Round to Brazil. Rio de Janeiro will stage the event from Wednesday July 23 to Sunday July 27, 2008.
FIVB 2008 World League Pools composition:
Pool A: Brazil, France, Serbia, Venezuela.
Pool B: Russia, Cuba, Korea, Italy.
Pool C: USA, Bulgaria, Spain, Finland.
Pool D: Poland, Japan, China, Egypt.