Dominican Republic women and Italy men complete World Grand Champions Cup lineup
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 16, 2013 – The composition of teams at the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup has been finalised following the confirmation of the Dominican Republic women’s team and the Italian men’s team as the Wild Card teams in each competition.
The Dominican Republic, who finished third in the 2009 edition, join Olympic champions Brazil, hosts Japan, world champions Russia, Thailand and USA who all – apart from Japan – qualified for the women’s competition as continental champions.
In the men’s edition, Italy join world champions Brazil, hosts Japan, Olympic champions Russia, Iran and USA who also all – apart from Japan - qualified as continental champions.
World No. 3 Italy and world No. 8 the Dominican Republic were selected due to their position as the highest-ranked countries on the FIVB world ranking that finished second at their respective Continental Championship.
The team composition at the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup consists of the four continental champions from continents whose teams reached the highest ranking in the preceding Olympic Games, the host country plus a Wild Card selection made by the FIVB, host broadcaster NTV and the Japan Volleyball Association.