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Becoming a father for the first time and qualifying for an Olympics - Kevin Tillie looks back on the craziest week of his life!

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 24, 2020 - Almost two weeks ago France qualified for their fifth Olympic Games in Berlin and capped off what Kevin Tillie is calling the craziest week of his life. The 29-year-old French outside hitter not only played a pivotal role in his nation's qualification for Tokyo 2020, he also managed to attend the birth of his first child.

Successful Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020 across the globe

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 17, 2020 – From January 5-12, the highly-anticipated Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020 events were successfully held across all five Continental Confederations with packed stadiums, exceptional broadcasting technology, and spectacular performances bringing the best of volleyball to fans all over the world.

Patry calls on France to maintain form after booking Tokyo 2020 spot

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 13, 2020 – Jean Patry says that France will need to maintain top form after they secured their place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by winning the CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament.

Men's Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020 - Results

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 13, 2020 - The Men's Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification took place from January 5 to 12 in Egypt, China, Germany, Canada and Chile.

Women's Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020 - Results

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 13, 2020 - From January 5 to 12, the Women's Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020 was held in Cameroon, Thailand, the Netherlands, the Dominican Republic and Colombia.

Last Daruma dolls go to Canada, Venezuela and Iran

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 12, 2020 – Iran, Venezuela and Canada grabbed the last three available tickets to the men’s Olympic volleyball tournament at Tokyo 2020. On Sunday, these three teams triumphed as winners of their respective continental Olympic qualifiers to receive their Daruma dolls, symbolizing their right to play at the 2020 Games.

Turkey, Dominican Republic, Korea complete Women's Tokyo 2020 lineup

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 12, 2020 - Turkey defeated Germany, Korea outplayed Thailand and the Dominican Republic dominated Puerto Rico to become the last teams to make the women's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, grabbing the continental tickets at the Europe, Asia and North & Central America and Caribbean continental qualifiers Sunday evening.

Iran v China in Asian final; Colombia, Canada stay unbeaten

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 11, 2020 – Iran and hosts China advanced to the deciding final of Asia’s continental Olympic qualification tournament in Jiangmen. On Sunday, they will lock horns for the single available Asian ticket to Tokyo 2020. Colombia and hosts Chile posted wins on the second competition day of the South American qualifier in Santiago. In Vancouver, where the NORCECA event is taking place, hosts Canada and Puerto Rico came out victorious on Saturday.

Nick Hoag: There's no words for this game

Vancouver, Canada, January 11, 2020 - The Canadian Men rallied from dropping the first two sets to defeat Cuba 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-12, 25-21, 15-9) at the NORCECA Men's Tokyo Qualification Tournament in Vancouver. Canada is now 2-0 in the tournament while Cuba dropped to 1-1.

Last three tickets for Tokyo 2020 coming up now

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 11, 2020 - Germany and Turkey in Europe, Thailand and Korea in Asia, battle it out for two more tickets to the women's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, after all won their semifinals at the qualifiers Saturday evening, while the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico play the decider for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

France, Tunisia earn right to play at Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 10, 2020 – Tunisia became the first team to book one of the five tickets to Tokyo 2020, available through the continental Olympic qualification tournaments, by topping the standings at the event in Cairo. Shortly after, on Friday evening, France followed suit by winning the final of the European qualifier in Berlin.

Turkey outlast Belgium to set up Europe semis in Tokyo 2020 qualifier

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 10, 2020 - Semifinals are set in Europe as the continental qualifiers for the women's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games continued Friday, with Poland set to meet Turkey and Germany to take on the Netherlands on Saturday, while The favourites in North & Central America and the Caribbean (NORCECA) very narrowly avoided huge upsets.

Laurent Tillie: It was perfect

Berlin, Germany, January 10, 2020 - France booked the ticket to the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo with a stunning 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-23) win against host Germany in the final of the CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament in Berlin. It was the second time in a row that the French Team will go to the Olympics while Germany miss the biggest sports event in the world for the second consecutive time.

Tunisia coach Giacobbe: We need to represent Africa in Tokyo in the best way

Cairo, Egypt, January 10, 2020 - Tunisia captured the Men's African Olympic ticket following their victory over Algeria 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 26-28, 25-18) on Day 4 of the CAVB Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020 in Cairo, Egypt on Friday.

Dominicans favourites in NORCECA battle for ticket to Tokyo 2020

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, January 10, 2020 – Playing at home and past history working in their favor, the Dominican Republic is the pre-tournament favorite as the NORCECA Women’s Volleyball Tokyo 2020 gets underway on Friday with two daily matches scheduled for the weekend.

Argentina, Kenya Tokyo-bound with first of week's continental Olympic tickets

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 9, 2020 - Argentina and Kenya picked up the South America and Africa tickets to the women's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while in Europe Poland and Germany joined the Netherlands in the top four and in Asia the semifinal matchups were confirmed after Thursday's action in Olympic qualification tournaments across the world.

Ben Slimane: Olympic Games a dream for all athletes

Cairo, Egypt, January 9, 2020 - Tunisian setter Khaled Ben Slimane says qualification for the Olympic Games is a dream for all athletes whatever the sport and believes the teams at the African qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 all have a chance of claiming the Olympic berth. After defeating Cameroon on Wednesday, Tunisia take on Egypt on Thursday and Algeria on Friday.

France and Germany to battle it out for Europe’s Olympic ticket

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 9, 2020 – France will play against hosts Germany in the crucial final of the men’s European continental Olympic qualifier in Berlin on Friday. The French mounted a furious comeback from two sets behind in their semifinal against Slovenia. Germany knocked Bulgaria out in four sets.

Toniutti: Crazy. I don't know how we won today.

Berlin, Germany, January 9, 2020 - France are the first team to book a place in the CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification final in Berlin. The French team came back from a 0-2 deficit to beat vice-European champions Slovenia 3-2 (13-25, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21, 15-9) on Thursday.

Kampa: We can be optimistic

Berlin, Germany, January 9, 2020 - Germany captain Lukas Kampa and head coach Andrea Giani speak in an interview ahead of their match against Bulgaria later today in the semifinals of the CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament.

Kwiek: All the matches are finals

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, January 9, 2020 - Marcos Kwiek, the Brazilian coach of the Dominican Republic in the NORCECA Tokyo 2020 Women's Qualifier, says that in a short tournament all the games are finals while dismissing the label of favorite for his team despite the home factor.

Chile all set for CSV Men's Olympic qualifier in Santiago

Santiago, Chile, January 9, 2020 - On Tuesday, the Chilean men's team had its last training session in the afternoon before training at the Arena Monticello ahead of the CSV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament which begins in Santiago on Friday.

Dutch through to semis, Germans close in, at Europe Tokyo 2020 qualifiers

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 8, 2020 - The Netherlands clinched a semifinal spots while Germany closed in on another and Turkey stayed alive in Europe; Korea and Kazakhstan secured their their semifinals berths in Asia; it's down to Colombia v Argentina in South America; and Cameroon retained just a very faint glimmer of hope in Africa, as the continental qualifiers for the last remaining berths to the women's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games continued on Wednesday across the world.

Bulgaria, France, Qatar, Iran, China on to continental qualifier semifinals

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 8 2020 – Bulgaria outplayed European champions Serbia to register their third win in as many matches in the CEV continental Olympic qualification tournament in Berlin and progress to Thursday’s semifinal against hosts Germany. France finished second in Pool B to meet Pool A winners Slovenia for a spot in Friday’s final.

An Olympic dream for Dominican Brayelin Martinez

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, January 8, 2020 – Brayelin Martínez has emerged as the new scoring-machine of the Dominican Republic taking the spot previously owned by Bethania De la Cruz.

Ortmann: We did a good job with block defence

Apeldoorn, Netherlands, January 8, 2020 - Germany claimed a close four-set victory against Belgium 3-1 (33-31, 26-24, 24-26, 25-22) at the CEV Women's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament in Apeldoorn.

Prandi: It's one more good, good match for us

Berlin, Germany, January 8, 2020 - Bulgaria claimed a five-set victory 3-2 (25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13) against Serbia to win their third match at the CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Tournament.

Cameroon coach Blaise Mayam: We will aim for the Olympic ticket

Cairo, Egypt, January 8, 2020 - As the All Africa Games gold medallists, Cameroon are the favourites to claim the Olympic ticket in Cairo this week.

Germany and Slovenia advance to Europe’s qualifier semis

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 7 2020 – Germany and Slovenia became the first two teams to advance to the semifinals of Europe’s continental Olympic qualification tournament in Berlin, after Tuesday’s two five-setters in Pool A polarized the standings ahead of the last match on Wednesday.

Dutch, Poles, Germans open European race for Tokyo 2020 with wins

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 7, 2020 - The Netherlands, Poland and Germany all scored convincing wins on the opening day of the European qualifiers for the women's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while in Asia favourites Thailand and Korea; in South America Argentina and Peru also opened their campaigns with solid wins; and in Africa Kenya are now with one foot in the Olympics.

Urnaut: It was important to win today

Berlin, Germany, January 7, 2020 - In an intense match, hosts Germany were defeated by the European vice-champions Slovenia in five sets 3-2 (32-34, 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 15-12). Germany and Slovenia qualify for the semifinals in Berlin.

Yosifov: We stopped Abdel-Aziz

Berlin, Germany, January 7, 2020 - Bulgaria continued their run in Berlin on Tuesday celebrating an easy 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-15) victory against the Netherlands at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. The Bulgarian team now top Pool B with two victories and are almost set for the semis while the Dutch team are no longer able to progress to the next round.

Richards: It's a very important win for us of course

Jiangmen, China, January 7, 2020 - Thomas Edgar tallied 30 points including 26 attacks and 4 aces to lead Australia to a 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 26-24, 20-25, 19-17) victory over Korea in pool B of the AVC Men's Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification on Tuesday.

Work the key as Colombia chase Tokyo 2020 spot

Bogota, Colombia, January 7, 2020 – Colombia coach Antonio Rizola has promised that his team have been focused on work as they get ready to begin their quest to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Sokolov drives Bulgaria to spectacular tiebreak win over France

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 6, 2020 – Tsvetan Sokolov powered Bulgaria to a tiebreak victory over France in the first five-setter of the continental Olympic qualifiers on the road to Tokyo 2020. Serbia and hosts Germany were also victorious on the second competition day of the CEV tournament in Berlin, recording straight-set wins over the Netherlands and Belgium, respectively.

Kenya, Cameroon stay on collision course for Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 6, 2020 - Kenya and Cameroon both extended their records Monday evening in Yaounde and are set for a head-on collision on Tuesday that could well be decisive for the single ticket to the women's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games available through the African qualifiers.

Kampa: We want to reward our fans

Berlin, Germany, January 6, 2020 - Germany celebrated their second victory in a row at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin by defeating Belgium in straight sets 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 26-24) on Monday. Coach Andrea Giani's team now top CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool A with six points and a first victory against the Czech Republic on Sunday, while Belgium are still to claim their first victory. The top scorer of the match was again Georg Grozer, who contributed 22 points to the win.

Yosifov: It was a crazy and tough match

Berlin, Germany, January 5, 2020 - Bulgaria survived a roller coaster in Berlin as they beat France in five sets 3-2 (25-23, 17-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-8).

Serbia captain Petric: We had great concentration

Berlin, Germany, January 6, 2020 - Serbia celebrated victory in Berlin to gain their first points in Pool B against the Netherlands. Serbian captain Nemanja Petric topped the scoring with 15 points and an average of 79 per cent successful attacks. Serbia now have three points after two matches while the Netherlands have to win their next games to stay in the run for the semis.

Asian women's tournament in Thailand in starting blocks

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, January 6, 2020 - The coaches of hosts Thailand, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Iran, Kazakhstan, Australia and Indonesia all expect tough matches when their teams compete for a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games at the AVC Women’s Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament from January 7 to 12 at Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Eight teams gear up for Olympic ticket in Asia

Jiangmen, China, January 6, 2020 - The AVC Men's Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament is set to take place in Jiangmen, China this week with the head coaches expecting a difficult competition as the eight teams in contention play for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Toniutti fuels France towards shutout of European champs; Grozer hammers eight aces

Berlin, Germany, January 5, 2020 – Continental Olympic qualification men’s action got underway with France shutting out reigning EuroVolley champions Serbia in the first of Sunday’s three games at the CEV tournament in Berlin.

Kenya, Cameroon on track for Tokyo 2020 ticket

Yaounde, Cameroon, January 5, 2020 - Kenya and Cameroon took decisive first steps toward a showdown to determine the single African team that will advance to the women's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as qualifiers opened Sunday evening in Yaounde.

Kampa: Overall we have to do even better

Berlin, Germany, January 5, 2020 - German opposite György Grozer led the home team to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-20) shutout of the Czech Republic, inspired by a home crowd of over four thousand on the stands of the Max-Schmeling-Halle on Sunday for the first day of the CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament.

Urnaut: We will do our best

Berlin, Germany, January 5, 2020 - Vice-champions of Europe, Slovenia celebrated their first win on the #RoadtoTokyo as they defeated Belgium in straight sets 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 25-20) on Sunday.

Laurent Tillie: It´s a miracle

Berlin, Germany, January 5, 2020 - The CEV Men's Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament in Berlin started with a clash of the giants as France flew to a stunning 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) win against the European champions from Serbia.

Rangel ready to help Colombia fulfil Olympic dream

Bogota, Colombia, January 5, 2020 – Melissa Rangel and her Colombia teammates are preparing to ride the wave of confidence that is coursing through the team as they begin their preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers.

Olympic hopefuls back in action

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 4, 2020 - Christmas and New Year celebrations are different when a place at the Olympics is on the line.

2020 opens with Olympic qualifying volleyball extravaganza

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 3, 2020 - The New Year begins with a bang just a few days into 2020, as action picks up across the globe with the last five tickets to the women's volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics coming up for grabs.

Five Olympic vacancies at stake as five continental qualifiers set to begin

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 3, 2020 – The five vacancies in the men’s volleyball tournament of the 2020 Olympic Games that are still available are about to be contested at various venues on all five continents over the next few days and the line-up for Tokyo 2020 should be finalized by January 12.

2019 Review: Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Poland, Russia, USA secure spots at 2020 Olympics

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 23, 2019 – Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Poland, Russia and USA are the national teams that topped the final standings of the six qualification tournaments in August and, hence, claimed the first six vacancies, alongside hosts Japan, in the men’s volleyball tournament at the Tokyo Olympic Games from July 24 through August 9, 2020.

2019 Review: Brazil, China, Italy, Russia, Serbia, USA book first tickets to Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 23, 2019 – In early August 2019, six women’s national teams from four different continents - Brazil, China, Italy, Russia, Serbia and USA – booked the first tickets to the volleyball tournament of the 2020 Olympic Games to join hosts Japan from July 24 through August 9 in Tokyo.

Kenya begin preparations for Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament

Nairobi, Kenya, December 16, 2019 - Kenya’s national women’s volleyball team began their preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers slated for 5 to 10 January, 2020, in Cameroon. Under the tutelage of Head Coach, Paul Bitok, assisted by Coach Japheth Munala and Josp Barasa

Excitement builds on final stretch to Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 13, 2019 - The 2019 FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships closed the FIVB season last weekend, but 2020 is just around the corner and the new year begins with a bang, as the last remaining tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games come up for grabs, starting from January 5.

Focus on Tokyo 2020 as last tickets in sight

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 12, 2019 - As focus now shifts back from club action to national teams, 29 men's squads are all lined up to make the final push for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, through the last qualification process in the very first week of the new year.

Cameroon teams building focus for Tokyo 2020 qualifiers

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 12, 2019 – Cameroon’s women’s and men’s volleyball teams have begun their preparations for the African Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournaments that are due to take place in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé, and Cairo in January 2020.

Last stop on Road to Tokyo 2020 all set up

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 8, 2019 - The last ten tickets (five per gender) for the volleyball tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be punched in January at the continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournaments - and these tournaments are now all set and confirmed.

Germany coach Giani calls up squad for Olympic qualifier

Berlin, Germany, November 20, 2019 - Returnees included captain Lukas Kampa, Georg Grozer and libero Markus Steuerwald as Germany coach Andrea Giani announced his provisional squad for the CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Olympic Qualification tournament in Berlin on Tuesday.

Dominique Baeyens back in charge of Belgian Red Dragons

Brussels, Belgium, November 6, 2019 - After a summer in charge of the Belgian national men’s team, Brecht Van Kerckhove has stepped down as head coach. Former head coach and Belgian coaching legend Dominique Baeyens will take over for the European continental qualification tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Berlin in January.

Giovanni Caprara to lead Dutch women’s team

Utrecht, Netherlands, November 5, 2019 - Giovanni Caprara is the new head coach of the Dutch women’s volleyball team. The 56-year-old Italian was presented on Monday afternoon at the Nevobo headquarters in Utrecht. Caprara and his team will start their preparations for the Olympic qualification tournament in Apeldoorn in January on December 27. The Netherlands will have to win the tournament in Apeldoorn to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Sloetjes hopes Netherlands get vibe back for Olympic qualifiers

Hamamatsu, Japan, September 17, 2019 – Superstar opposite Lonneke Sloetjes is currently competing with her national team – the Netherlands – in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup and she is hoping that the tournament will help them prepare for the Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament in January 2020.

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