Results of the Drawing of Lots for FIVB Olympic Qualification Tournaments
Lausanne, February 25th 2000 - The Drawing of Lots for the FIVB Men's Volleyball World Olympic Qualification Events deciding the 3 last qualified teams for Sydney 2000, has been held this evening in Porto, Portugal. Here are the results: Tournament in Matosinhos, Portugal (July 21-23) Organiser: PORTUGAL 1st draw: JAPAN 2nd draw: VENEZUELA 3rd draw: ARGENTINA Tournament in Piraeus, Greece (July 24-26) Organiser: GREECE 1st draw: TUNISIA 2nd draw: CHINA 3rd draw: SPAIN Tournament in Castelnau-le-Lez, France (July 25-27) Organiser: FRANCE 1st draw: CHINESE TAIPEI 2nd draw: CANADA 3rd draw: THE NETHERLANDS The winners of these 3 events will directly qualify for Sydney 2000 Olympics (Sept. 16 - Oct. 1). The drawing of lots, made in the presence of the FIVB President Dr. Ruben Acosta, was executed according to the official procedure established by the FIVB: The 3 organisers being seeded in their own group, the drawing of lots was made in 3 draws: 1st draw: the 3 lowest ranked teams in the FIVB World Ranking (in brackets) - Japan (18), Tunisia (20), Chinese Taipei (34) 2nd draw: the next 3 higher ranked teams - Canada (10), China (13), Venezuela (17) 3rd draw: the 3 highest ranked teams - Spain (7), The Netherlands (8), Argentina (9). Nine men's teams are already qualified for Sydney: Australia (as host nation), Russia, Cuba, Italy (as 3 top teams at the World Cup '99), Brazil, Egypt, South Korea, USA, and Yugoslavia (winners of their respective Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament). For the women's Olympic event, 8 teams have already secured their qualification for Sydney: Australia (as host nation), Cuba, Russia, Brazil (as 3 top teams at the World Cup '99), Germany, USA, Peru and Kenya (winners of their respective Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament). The remaining 4 available berths will be decided in Tokyo (17-25 June) at a tournament combining the Asian and the World Qualifier. Eight teams will compete in this event: Japan, China, South Korea, Canada, Italy, Croatia, The Netherlands and Argentina. More information on our official Website: www.fivb.org.