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19 December 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 16, 2012 – Egypt will return back to represent Africa at the prestigious 2013 FIVB World League. The FIVB Executive Committee approved the appointment of Japan and Egypt into the 2013 edition at its meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday.
This will be the fifth participation for the North African country at the World League and the first since 2010. Egypt played four times in the finals in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 but they failed to qualify in 2011 and 2012 after losing in the qualifications against China and Iran respectively.
This decision follows the ratification of the Sports Events Council’s proposal to expand the World League to 18 teams (three pools of six teams) for the first time in its history during its meeting earlier this month.
Egypt, ranked 13th in the world, and Japan, ranked 19th, were selected to fill the two vacancies having being the two highest countries on the FIVB world rankings to have not advanced through the qualification process for the 2013 edition held earlier this year, after both losing to Iran. Egypt and Japan will join Pool C which consists of Canada (WR18), Korea (WR22), Finland (WR31) and the Netherlands (WR41).
Pools A and B were determined using the serpentine system based on the world rankings as of August 13, 2012. Pool C features the next best four in the world rankings after the 12 teams in Pool A and B plus Egypt and Japan.
2013 World League pools:
Pool A: Brazil (WR1), Poland (WR4), USA (WR5), Bulgaria (WR8), Argentina (WR9) and France (WR16)
Pool B: Russia (WR2), Italy (WR3), Cuba (WR6), Serbia (WR7), Germany (WR10), Iran (WR14)
Pool C: Canada (WR18), Korea (WR22), Finland (WR31), the Netherlands (WR41), Egypt (WR13), Japan (WR19).
Eight teams will qualify for the World League Finals featuring the top three teams from Pools A and B, plus the winner of Pool C and the host country.
The top three world ranked teams in each pool will play three matches at home and two away with the bottom three world ranked teams playing twice at home and three times away.
The Intercontinental Round will run from May 31 to July 13 before the Finals, where the venue is expected to be confirmed at the start of next year, take place from July 16-21.
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