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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
 

 
The Women’s World Championship, staged every four years, is the most prestigious in international volleyball. The first World Championships were organised in 1952 and have remained the biggest event in volleyball, alongside the Olympic Games The global qualification process for the 2010 World Championships featured 119 countries (compared with 102 in 2006, 72 in 2002 and 63 in 1998). In 2013 a record number of 295 teams registered to enter the qualification process for the 2014 Volleyball World Championships and the world’s best 24 teams in each gender will get a chance to compete in the Finals. The 2010 Women’s World Championship took place in Japan with Russia clinching their seventh gold medal victory over Brazil, while Japan won their first medal in the competition since 1978 as they beat USA for bronze. The 2014 Women’s World Championship will take place in Italy.  
   

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