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FIVB President statement on Women’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament


Lausanne, Switzerland, May 28, 2012 – Following the conclusion of the joint World and Asia Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday and an alleged controversy concerning the final match between Japan and Serbia, the FIVB President Jizhong Wei issued the following statement.

The FIVB has investigated the allegation of match fixing. The conclusion of the FIVB control committee in place is that there is no evidence to prove the existence of match fixing. The reports received from the national federations of Japan and Serbia told us the same. Some witnesses in attendance at the match gave the same judgement.
A combination of circumstances, competition system and the final situation before this last match may open up the suggestion of match fixing.
The FIVB has already decided to revise the competition system of its future Olympic qualification tournaments in order to reduce even further the possibility of any manipulation.
The FIVB stands firmly against doping, match fixing and illegal betting in sport as required by the IOC
The FIVB thanks the press to remind us of possible match fixing and welcomes the supervision of all irregularities in FIVB competitions as well as the constructive suggestion of those which have been sent to the FIVB President.



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