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14 June 2011
Egypt coach optimistic although the tough pool
Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2011 – Egypt head coach Mohamed El Lakany expressed that the pool of Egypt will be very tough in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Junior World Championship and the situation will be very difficult to proceed to the second round between the top 8 teams in the World.
The African champions Tunisia will face Argentina, Porto Rico and Spain in Pool B of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Junior World Championship after the drawing of lots was held in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. The African runner up Egypt was drawn in Pool C with Russia, India and Germany.
Hosts and defending champions Brazil will line up alongside USA, Japan and Bulgaria in Pool A, Meanwhile hosts Serbia face Iran, Canada and Belgium in Pool D.
However El Lakany mentioned that his team will do his best to finish between the top eight with this group of promising players. “We will use the preparation program before the competition to reach the peak performance of our players before the onset of the competition. We will arrive to Brazil 4 days before the first match to accommodate the jet lag.” He added.
The tournament will take place from August 1 to 10.
This will be 16th edition of the Men´s Junior World Championship. The event will return to the place of its first edition. In 1977, the city of Rio de Janeiro hosted the competition that was won by the extinct Soviet Union. Brazil received the bronze medal. After 34 years, the championship will have the participation of 16 best junior national teams in the world.
The Drawing of Lots was attended by Mr Phillippe Berben, vice-president of the CEV and Dr Ary Graça, president of CSV as well as a number of local ambassadors, Government officials and the media.
The top two teams from each pool will move onto two new pools of four before the first and second ranked teams from each group move onto the semifinals.
2011 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship Pools
Pool A – Brazil / United States / Japan / Bulgaria
Pool B – Argentina / Tunisia / Porto Rico / Spain
Pool C – Russia / India / Egypt / Germany
Pool D – Iran/ Serbia / Canada / Belgium
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