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14 March 2012
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 14, 2012 – Algeria and Chinese Taipei will face-off for the final spot in this year’s FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix on April 27 and 28 after the FIVB announced the dates for the 2012 playoff.
Algeria replace Kenya as the African representative in the clash and will face their Asian counterparts in front of their home fans in Oran.
It is well known that Kenya is the reigning African Champions as they won the last edition in their homelands in 2011, while Algeria won the 2011 All Africa Games gold medal and won also the Women’s African Olympic qualifications in Blida at the beginning of February.
Two matches will be played with the winners moving onto the world’s premier annual women’s volleyball tournament, competing against USA, Germany and hosts the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo on the first weekend, Poland, Korea and hosts China in Foshan on the second weekend and Italy, Poland and the Dominican Republic in Chinese Taipei on the third weekend.
If each side seals one victory, the winner will be decided by set ratio and then on point ratio.
The hosts, who qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games by winning the African Qualification Tournament, will be hoping to clinch victory and qualify for their first ever World Grand Prix and also the first for the African continent. It will be the second year in a row they have organised the playoff, losing out to Kazakhstan before last year’s tournament.
Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei will be hoping to return to the competition after missing out in 2011. They have competed in the World Grand Prix three times (1994, 2007, 2010), finishing 12th on all occasions.
Now in its 20th year, the World Grand Prix will have the same format as 2011 with a total of 16 teams battling it out across three weeks of pool-play in 10 countries from June 8 to 24 ahead of the Finals, set to take place in Ningbo, China.
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