Qualification process complete for FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 22, 2013 – While the curtain came down on the European Boys’ Youth Championship on Sunday, with Russia celebrating their fifth title, it also came down on the qualification process for the FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship in Mexico with all 20 vacancies now filled.
From June 27 to July 7, 2013 the cities of Tijuana and Mexicali in the province of Baja California in Mexico will host the 13th edition of the FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship. It will be the second time Mexico have hosted the age-group tournament after Tijuana staged the event in 2007.
The tournament is held every two years though this is the first time the competition will feature 20 teams as all previous editions have featured 16 teams only. This year’s competition will run over 10 days with two rest days.
In total there were four vacancies for Asia and Africa, three for NORCECA and South America and six for Europe.
Egypt claimed the African Nations Championship title over Rwanda with a score of 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-22). It was the third straight victory for the country in the championship. Tunisia took the third place over hosts Algeria in a match that ended 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23).
Iran claimed their sixth title at the Asian Youth Boys’ Volleyball Championship defeating rival China 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 28-26, 15-8) at the final held at the Azadi Hall. Japan and Korea played a hard fought match for the bronze medal, which ended 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 26-28, 25-20, 15-10) for Japan.
This is the first time that Asia has four vacancies available to them for the World Championship.
Following the CEV Boys’ Youth European Championship held from April 12 to 21, 2013, Russia, Poland, Belgium, Finland, Turkey and France secured the six spots attributed to the CEV for the World Championship in Mexico.
Russia claimed their fifth gold medal in the European Championship with a 3-1 (16-25, 18-25, 25-22, 21-25) victory over rivals Poland in the final held in Laktasi in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Belgium narrowly beat Finland 3-2 in the bronze medal match of the competition while Turkey won against France 3-1 to take the fifth and sixth place of the match, respectively.
Cuba won the gold medal at the NORCECA Boys' U19 Championship after beating Mexico in straight sets (25-14, 25-21, 25-14). USA edged out Puerto Rico in five sets (22-25, 25-19, 25-11, 26-28, 15-7) to win the bronze medal and the last NORCECA ticket to the 2013 FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship.
After two editions finishing behind Argentina, Brazil took back the podium at the South American Youth Boys’ Championship in an exciting match, which ended in a 3-1 victory (25-13, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22). Chile, the host team, overcame Venezuela to win the bronze medal and the third South American berth at the world competition.
The 20 teams will be divided into four pools of five teams each and will play a round-robin tournament. The bottom-ranked team of each pool will play classification matches for 17th-20th place in a round-robin system.
The other 16 teams progress to the eight Finals which consist of a playoff (first of Pool A against fourth of Pool B etc). The winners of the playoff matches will advance to the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals to be classified from first to eighth while the losers of playoff match will play classification matches, with a similar quarterfinals, semifinals and finals system, to be classified from 9th to 16th.
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