Tijuana & Mexicali, Mexico, August 14, 2007– The 2007 FIVB Boy’s Youth Volleyball World Championship launches tomorrow here with the host team playing Belgium in the opening day at the Gimnasio de Usos Multiples, but it is Russia that is here to try to capture their third World Title at this event to be played in the cities of Tijuana and Mexicali between August 15 and 26. The drawing of lots put the host country Mexico with Tunisia, India and Belgium in Pool A.
Mexico, host team, will have strong support from the home crowd and will be aiming to improve the 13th position of the last tournament in Algiers 2005, even if faced with strong opposition from the world’s elite teams. India is the first rival of Tunisia. The Asiatic team arrives as favorite due their silver medal back in 2003.
Russia will have to work hard to retain the title. The European squad will contest Pool C (Tijuana) and has Argentina, USA and China as opponents. Their first match tomorrow will be against the dynamic and fast China, team that came with the goal of following the glorius path of their female compatriots that recently won the gold medal in the Girl’s World Championship.
Meanwhile Brazil, South American champion and six time world gold medalist, is in good form and ready to improve the silver medal of 2005. The boys from Brazil will face Germany at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali in Group B. The Germans will play for the first time in this event. In the same Group, France will face Egypt in an interesting match between Europe and Africa.
Poland is hoping to win their second World medal since Cairo 1999 (bronze) and will play Cuba in Pool D (Mexicali). The goal of Iran in this same group is to improve their outstanding 2 nd and 3rd positions of 2001 and 2003 events. The Asiatic team will start their campaigne against Puerto Rico.
The matches will be held daily in both cities three timings 14:00, 16:00, 18:00 and 20:00 h local time. Mexico will play all of their matches in Tijuana at 20:00 h.
The 2007 FIVB Boy's Youth World Championship first round will consist of four pools of four teams playing a round robin system to determine the pool ranking. The top two teams from each first-round pool will move to Pools E and F, while the bottom two teams in each pool move to Pools G and H. All four second round pools (E, F, G, H) will be composed of four teams which will play a round robin format. The top two teams in Pools E and F will advance to the semi finals, while the third and fourth place teams in Pools E and F will play for fifth through eighth place. The top two teams from Pools G and H qualify for the 9-12 play-offs, while the third and fourth place teams will compete for spots 13-16. Each team will be guaranteed eight matches in the tournament. The finals will be played in Tijuana on August 26.