FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

Press release

Japan coach Manabe draws the line after winning World Grand Champions Cup bronze

Japan's coach Masayoshi Manabe was among the guests who attended the opening day of the Men's World Grand Champions Cup at Kyoto Prefectural Gymnasium

Kyoto, Japan, November 19, 2013 – Only a couple of days after the women’s tournament came to a close in Tokyo, the head coach of Team Japan Masayoshi Manabe was among the guests who attended the opening day of the FIVB Men’s World Grand Champions Cup at Kyoto Prefectural Gymnasium.

Coach Manabe was rather happy with his team’s performance: “Our goal was to make the podium and we eventually got third place. We lost to the teams that are currently ranked first and second in the world, Brazil and USA, so we can’t be too disappointed though I was hoping for more from these games,” he said.

The World Grand Champions Cup does not assign any ticket to the Olympics or the World Championships but Manabe feels like this competition is a very good opportunity to continue with the development of the national team. “Since it does not count for the FIVB Ranking but still you have the very best teams in the world competing here, the World Grand Champions Cup is a good challenge we are always wanting to take up. It also gives me the opportunity to test some players who are normally not included on our starting six but need to get more and more experience on the international stage before we take on next year’s World Champs and from there we continue our work towards the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.”

Manabe did not want to disclose any prediction about the chances of Team Japan to perform well in the men’s competition: “I really do not know much about their possibilities so it is very difficult for me to say what they can achieve in this tournament.” Team Japan will debut on Tuesday night playing USA.

After winning bronze at London 2012, the women’s national team have completed their return to the top and sparked a real volleyball fever across the country. A passion that shall reach new heights by 2020, i.e. by the time Tokyo will welcome the Olympics. “Actually for the time being I am focused only and exclusively on our preparations for Rio 2016. After Rio we will start building up the team for Tokyo 2020 where we may include also some of the players who are currently in the youth and junior national teams. These girls have performed well also internationally so I think that the future for our national team looks pretty bright.”

Japan’s undisputed volleyball star Saori Kimura has moved to Turkey already last year and after switching from VakifBank to Galatasaray, she is about to spend her second season in Europe. Manabe has a clear view on this topic: “Of course our players moving to Europe are able to progress and develop while playing there. At the same time, we need to keep the value of our V-League and for me as national team coach, it is sometimes difficult to follow what these players are doing once they move abroad.”

Manabe is also working on an action plan so as to boost the development of volleyball in Japan. “Our women’s national team is very popular at this stage especially after we won bronze at the Olympics. We shall try to exploit this good moment to mobilize more youngsters so that they start playing volleyball and we have more players to work on for the future.”

Download highresolution


| More

More press releases

20.12.2013 16:22:51
VolleyWorld 12: It’s a wrap
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 20, 2013 – The last edition of VolleyWorld for 2013 brings together all the high points of the volleyball season in ... More...
26.11.2013 17:42:44
Russian dominance ends as Brazil back at number one
Lausanne, Switzerland, November 26, 2013 - Despite seeing their archrivals Brazil bring their run of titles to an end at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s W... More...
25.11.2013 17:57:54
Zorzi evaluates World Grand Champions Cup performances
Tokyo, Japan, November 25, 2013 – Andrea Zorzi takes a look back on the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup and reviews each of the six ... More...
24.11.2013 13:12:27
Velasco says serves, blocks keyed win over Japan
Tokyo, Japan, November 24, 2013 - Unfortunately there was not much to celebrate for hosts Japan on the last day of the Men's World Grand Champions Cup... More...
24.11.2013 12:51:35
Brazil win fourth World Grand Champions Cup title, Russia and Italy settle for silver and bronze
Tokyo, Japan, November 24, 2013 – As they edged Italy in five sets 3-2 (25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 15-11) to open the programme on the last day of ... More...
24.11.2013 11:45:45
Iran defeats Japan in straight sets in finale
Tokyo, Japan, November 24, 2013 - Iran posted a straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-14) victory over Japan in the final match of the FIVB World Grand Cham... More...
24.11.2013 09:19:03
Voronkov says players overcame exhaustion to secure victory
Tokyo, Japan, November 24, 2013 - Russia finished their campaign at the 2013 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup with a straight win over USA to claim silv... More...
24.11.2013 08:42:02
Russia captures silver medal with victory over United States
Tokyo, Japan, November 24, 2013 - Russia beat the United States in straight sets (29-27, 25-22, 25-19) to capture the silver medal at the FIVB World ... More...
24.11.2013 07:17:40
Rezende says team overcame loss to Russia and refocused quickly
Tokyo, Japan, November 24, 2013 - Brazil could stand a late comeback by their opponents and edge Italy at the tie-break on Sunday to claim their third... More...
24.11.2013 06:29:11
Brazil wins World Grand Champions Cup with five-set victory over Italy
Tokyo, Japan, November 24, 2013 - Brazil defeated Italy in an epic five-set battle (25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 15-11) to claim the FIVB World Grand C... More...