The women’s national team of Japan in action during the 2019 FIVB World Cup
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 31, 2020 – The pool composition for the men's and women’s volleyball tournaments at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed. The 12 qualified teams per gender have been split into two single round robin pools of six, with the top four in the standings of each pool to advance to the quarterfinals.
The teams were assigned to pools in line with the serpentine method, with hosts Japan placed in the first position in Pool A and the remaining squads ordered by their positions in the FIVB World Ranking.
In the women’s tournament, reigning world and European champions and 2016 Olympic silver medallists Serbia, two-time Olympic champions Brazil, as well as the teams of Korea, Dominican Republic and Kenya will be in the company of hosts Japan, two-time Olympic gold medallists themselves, in Pool A.
Three-time Olympic champions China will start the defence of their 2016 title in Pool B, where they will compete against back-to-back VNL gold medallists USA, the most decorated team in Olympic history – Russia, 2018 World Championship runners-up Italy, as well as Argentina and Turkey.
2016 Olympic champions China pose with their gold medals on the Rio podium
The men’s national team of Japan, 1972 Olympic champions, are also set to go up against the champions of the world in Pool A of their tournament. In addition to 1976 gold medallists Poland, the hosts will face 2016 Olympic silver medallists Italy, as well as Canada, Iran and Venezuela.
In Pool B, three-time Olympic champs Brazil will defend their Rio gold playing against three-time podium toppers USA, four-time gold medallists and reigning VNL champions Russia and the teams of Argentina, France and Tunisia.
2016 Olympic gold medallists Brazil triumph with the title at home in Rio
In the quarterfinals, each pool winner will meet the fourth-placed team from the other pool, while a draw will determine the opponents of the second-placed and the third-placed teams which will be from the other pool as well.