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FIVB World Grand Prix continues growth with expansion to 20 teams in 2013

 
Turkey will have the chance to defend their 2012 World Grand Prix bronze medal after being one of four new teams added to the 2013 edition
 

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 2, 2012 – The premier annual FIVB women’s volleyball event - the World Grand Prix - will expand to 20 teams for the first time in 2013 following a decision by the World Grand Prix Council at its annual meeting at the FIVB head office in Lausanne, Switzerland on Sunday to add four new teams.

The move follows the same decision by the World League Council on Saturday to increase the annual men’s tournament from 16 to 18 teams.

The World Grand Prix Council, chaired by FIVB executive vice-president in charge of volleyball events Aleksandar Boricic, decided to add World Cup winners Italy (WR4), world champions Russia (WR6), 2012 World Grand Prix bronze medallists Turkey (WR7) and Germany (WR10) to the 16 teams already qualified to ensure all of the world’s top 10 world ranked nations will participate.


FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2013 Qualified Teams

Continent

No. of Vacancies

Determined By

Teams Qualified

Africa

1

To Be Confirmed

To Be Confirmed

Asia

2

AVC Cup

Thailand (WR12), Kazakhstan (WR32)

2

Automatically Qualified

Japan (WR3), China (WR5)

Europe

4

European League

Czech Republic (WR26), Bulgaria (WR44), the Netherlands (WR22), Serbia (WR9)

 

4

FIVB appointments

Italy (WR4), Russia (WR6), Turkey (WR7), Germany (WR10)

1

Automatically Qualified

Poland (WR15)

NORCECA

4

Pan American Cup

USA (WR1), Cuba(WR13), Dominican Republic(WR8), Puerto Rico(WR19)

South America

2

Pan American Cup

Brazil(WR2), Argentina(WR18)


The World Grand Prix Council also approved the Preliminary Round schedule as per below.

Date

City/Teams

City/Teams

City/Teams

City/Teams

City/Teams

Week 1

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

2-4 Aug

Brazil

Dominican Rep.

Turkey

Macau

Italy

2013

BRA

DOM

JPN

CHN

ITA

 

 

USA

SRB

THA

CUB

GER

 

 

POL

PUR

TUR

NED

ARG

 

 

RUS

CZE

CAVB

BUL

KAZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2

Group F

Group G

Group H

Group  I

Group  J

9-11 Aug

Serbia

Puerto Rico

Poland

Hong Kong

Russia

2013

USA

BRA

JPN

CHN

RUS

 

 

SRB

DOM

GER

TUR

ITA

 

 

NED

PUR

POL

ARG

THA

 

 

CAVB

BUL

KAZ

CZE

CUB


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 3

Group K

Group L

Group M

Group N

Group O

 16-18 Aug

Kazakhstan

Thailand

Japan

China

Chinese Taipei

2013

BRA

RUS

USA

CHN

ITA


CUB

THA

CZE

SRB

TUR

 

 

NED

GER

JPN

POL

DOM

 

 

KAZ

PUR

BUL

ARG

CAVB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The World Grand Prix Finals will return to Japan for the first time since 2009 and take place in Sapporo from August 28 to September 1. Japan has hosted the World Grand Prix Finals four times in the past with Sapporo being a fifth host city after Tokyo in 2009, Yokohama in 2008, Sendai in 2005 and Kobe in 1997.

The tournament will run in accordance with previous years in terms of having round-robin tournaments and two matches per day. A more detailed match schedule will be released in the near future.

Following the Preliminary Round, the organisers and the next best five teams will qualify for the Finals.

The World Grand Prix featured eight teams in its debut season of 1993 and from 1995 to 2002, while 12 teams were in action in 1994 and from 2003 to 2010. Sixteen teams have been involved in the 2011 and 2012 editions.

The FIVB Commission and Council meetings continue in Lausanne on Monday and Tuesday with the Sports Events Council.

 





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