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Beach Volleyball Olympic ranking qualified countries confirmed

 
The Continental Cup Finals and the World Cup Olympic Qualification will determine the five remaining beach volleyball vacancies for each gender
 

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 18, 2012 – The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) is pleased to confirm the countries which have qualified for the beach volleyball competition at the London Olympic Games via the 16 vacancies through the Olympic rankings(*).

A total of 14 countries qualified for the Olympics, 12 via the women’s Olympic rankings and 11 via the men with Brazil, USA and Germany claiming two spots each in both genders while the Czech Republic also qualified two spots in the women’s competition and Switzerland and Latvia two in the men.

The final determination of teams that will represent each country will be confirmed by the National Olympic Committee and national federation of each qualifying country and announced by July 9. The drawing of lots for pool assignments at the Olympic Games will take place on July 19 during the A1 Grand Slam in Klagenfurt, Austria.

The fill list of countries is listed below.

Women

Men

Brazil (2)

Brazil (2)

USA (2)

USA (2)

Germany (2)

Germany (2)

Czech Republic (2)

Switzerland (2)

China

Latvia (2)

Italy

Netherlands

Netherlands

Poland

Switzerland

Spain

Spain

China

Austria

Czech Republic

Australia

Italy

Greece

 

(*) Countries rather than individuals qualify for the Olympics. The 16 highest ranked NOCs/NFs (with a maximum of two teams per NOC/NF) in the Olympic ranking as of June 18, 2012 qualify for the Olympic Games. The Olympic ranking takes into account the best 12 results on the FIVB SWATCH World Tour from January 1, 2011 to June 17, 2012, the FIVB SWATCH World Championships and the AVC, Europe and NORCECA Continental Tour Finals.

The remaining part of the Olympic qualification process for beach volleyball includes the Continental Cup Finals and the World Cup Olympic Qualification Tournament, due to take place in Moscow, Russia from June 28 to July 1.

Continental Cup
One team per gender from each of the five FIVB confederations will qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games through the Continental Cup finals while the second and third placed teams will go to the FIVB World Cup Olympic Qualification tournament to playoff for two more Olympic vacancies.

CAVB
The women's final was held on May 27 with Mauritius beating Kenya in the final while the men's final saw South Africa beat Angola on April 20.

CSV
Argentina booked a ticket to the Olympics Games women’s beach volleyball competition for the first time ever following a 3:1 victory over Uruguay in the CSV Continental Cup final in Sante Fe while Venezuela also confirmed an historic place at the Olympic Games in beach volleyball after beating Chile 4:0 in the men’s final in Valencia.

AVC
Attention will turn to Fuzhou, China for the AVC finals from June 20 to 24 with China, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Australia, Indonesia, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Thailand and Vanuatu all vying for a ticket to London in the women’s event while Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Iran, Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka will compete in the men’s tournament. Underdogs in the women’s tournament Vanuatu have discussed at length their Olympic desire, so will be keen to underline their intent. But a huge challenge waits, with a number of fellow FIVB SWATCH World Tour duos also eager to claim top spot.

NORCECA
The NORCECA contest will run from June 21 to 23 in Mazatlan, Mexico for both men and women. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Cuba, Canada and Puerto Rico will join the hosts in the women’s tournament in what is expected to be a thrilling battle. Meanwhile Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Canada, Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico compete on the men’s side.

CEV
Moscow, Russia will welcome tandems from the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Great Britain and the home country for the CEV women’s finals from June 22 to 24. The men’s final will be held at the same time with Turkey welcoming the Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain and Sweden.

FIVB World Cup Olympic Qualification Tournament
The winners of the Continental Cup finals earn a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. However, all is not lost for those finishing second and third as they move on to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Olympic Qualification tournament, set to take place in Moscow, Russia from June 28 to July 1. The champions and vice-champions from this competition will claim the final berths to the Games, completing the line-up.

Qualified Olympic countries (as of 04/06/12) from Continental Cup

Men

No. of vacancies

via

Women

No. of vacancies

via

South Africa

1

Continental Cup

Mauritius

1

Continental Cup

Venezuela

1

Continental Cup

Argentina

1

Continental Cup


World Cup Olympic Qualification participating countries (as of 04/06/12)

Men

via

Women

via

Angola

CAVB Continental Cup runner up

Kenya

CAVB Continental Cup runner up

Nigeria

CAVB Continental Cup third place

Mozambique

CAVB Continental Cup third place

Chile

CSV Continental Cup runner up

Uruguay

CSV Continental Cup runner up

Uruguay

CSV Continental Cup third place

Venezuela

CSV Continental Cup third place

New Olympic Selection Criteria
Only 39 days remain until the beach volleyball competition begins at the iconic Horse Guards Parade in the heart of central London, with action scheduled to take place from July 28 through August 9. With the sport set for its fifth Olympic outing, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), the international governing body for both beach volleyball and volleyball, is using a new qualification method for this year’s Olympic Games.

With a quota once again of two teams maximum per gender, per country completing the 24-team fields for each gender, the FIVB announced two years ago that just 16 spots will be filled through the Olympic rankings compared to 24 in the past. These are based on standings for the 12 best results for each team on the FIVB SWATCH World Tour from the beginning of 2011 through to the conclusion of the Rome Grand Slam which finished on Sunday, the FIVB SWATCH World Championships and the AVC, Europe and NORCECA Continental Tour Finals. An additional spot has been given to Great Britain as the host country, while the remaining seven spots will be determined differently than in the past four Olympic Games with the introduction of the FIVB Continental Cup.

Olympic Games Qualification Summary (24 vacancies per gender)

Total

How

One

Host Country

Five

Continental Cup winners

16

Olympic Games ranking

Two

World Cup Olympic Qualification winner and runner up






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