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The road to the Olympic Games commences with the World Cup, the quadrennial round-robin event that showcases the very best 12 men’s and 12 women’s national teams in the world. Japan and television partner Fuji TV host an event that grips the nation and produces incredible television ratings. The top three teams in the men’s and women’s competitions earn berths in the Olympic Games volleyball tournaments. In 1965, Poland hosted the first World Cup for men before Uruguay hosted the first World Cup for women in 1973. Following the first two editions for men and the first edition for women, Japan gave new life to the men’s and women’s World Cups by staging the third and second editions respectively in 1977 before going on to host every edition since. Italy’s women successfully defended their title in 2011, with USA clinching silver and China following with the bronze. Russia picked up their second gold in a row in the men’s event with Poland finishing second and Brazil third. The host country of the 2015 edition will be determined in 2012.