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Ishikawa and Nishida highlight Japan men's 2021 roster

 

In his fifth season with the Japan national team, coach Yuichi Nakagaichi has selected the players who will participate in the training camps and tournaments later this year, including the Volleyball Games - Tokyo Challenge 2021, this season's edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the 21st Asian Men's Championship.

The roster includes Yuki Ishikawa and Yuji Nishida, who led Japan to a fourth-place finish at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup. Ishikawa and Nishida were both named to the Dream Team as Best Outside Spiker and Best Opposite, respectively.

The year 2021 should have been the start of the team's campaign for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, but since the postponement of their home Games in Tokyo last year, the country's athletes and staff have focused on the big event in Japan.

Japan are also looking forward to compete at the Asian Championship, which they will host in Chiba in the fall. The continental championship is also an important tournament for the team as it will serve as a qualifier for the 2022 FIVB Volleyball World Championship in Russia.

Players selected for 2021:
Outside hitters:
Tatsuya Fukuzawa, Masahiro Yanagida, Yuki Ishikawa (Captain), Kenta Takanashi, Shoma Tomita, Tatsunori Otsuka, Ran Takahashi

Opposites:
Kunihiro Shimizu, Issei Otake, Yuji Nishida, Kento Miyaura

Middle blockers:
Taishi Onodera, Akihiro Yamauchi, Haku Lee, Kentaro Takahashi, Taichi Fukuyama, Shunichiro Sato

Setters:
Naonobu Fujii, Hideomi Fukatsu, Masahiro Sekita, Masaki Oya

Liberos:
Taichiro Koga, Tomohiro Yamamoto, Tomohiro Ogawa

Japan men's team 2021 schedule:
April 5-29: Training camp
May 1-2: Volleyball Games - Tokyo Challenge 2021 at Ariake Arena, Tokyo
May 8-9: Men's NT Red and White Match at Takasaki Arena
TBD: Training camp
May 28-June 27: FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy
TBD: Training camp
July 24-August 7: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan
TBD: Training camp
September 12-19: Asian Men's Championship in Chiba, Japan

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