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Dominican Republic women and Italy men complete World Grand Champions Cup lineup

Italy, who finished first and third in two previous World Grand Champions Cup appearances, will renew their rivalry with Russia after losing to the world No. 2 in the 2013 World League semifinals and the European Championship final

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 16, 2013 – The composition of teams at the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup has been finalised following the confirmation of the Dominican Republic women’s team and the Italian men’s team as the Wild Card teams in each competition.
The Wild Card selection of the Dominican Republic and Italy - made by the FIVB, host broadcaster NTV and the Japan Volleyball Association – completes the six-team line-up for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup, which takes place from November 12 to 17, and the men’s edition, which runs from November 19 to 24.

The Dominican Republic, who finished third in the 2009 edition, join Olympic champions Brazil, hosts Japan, world champions Russia, Thailand and USA who all – apart from Japan – qualified for the women’s competition as continental champions.

In the men’s edition, Italy join world champions Brazil, hosts Japan, Olympic champions Russia, Iran and USA who also all – apart from Japan - qualified as continental champions.

World No. 3 Italy and world No. 8 the Dominican Republic were selected due to their position as the highest-ranked countries on the FIVB world ranking that finished second at their respective Continental Championship.

The team composition at the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup consists of the four continental champions from continents whose teams reached the highest ranking in the preceding Olympic Games, the host country plus a Wild Card selection made by the FIVB, host broadcaster NTV and the Japan Volleyball Association.

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