|Cuba to Face Japan in Debut at World League of Volleyball 2012
2012.03.14 - 12:01:14 / email@example.com
HAVANA, Cuba.- The Cuban national men’s volleyball team will face host Japan in Hamamatsu during their debut at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World League 2012, which runs this year from May 18 through July 8.
The Caribbean squad will play the preliminary round in Pool A accompanied by defending champions Russia, Serbia, and the Japanese. According to the drawing of lots, which took place on Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland, following their match against Japan, the Cubans will face Serbia, on May 19th, and Russia, on May 20th.
Meanwhile, Pool B will see Canada —returning to the tournament for the first time since 2006— facing strong opponents such as 2011 silver and bronze medalists Brazil and Poland, respectively, along with Finland.
In the meantime, Italy, the United States, France and South Korea will play in Pool C, while Pool D will feature Germany, Portugal, Argentina and Bulgaria.
According to the official website of the FIVB, for the first time in the tournament‘s history, all four teams in each pool will play at one host city on a weekend, with each country taking turns to host all four teams in their respective pools. Then, the Finals will feature six teams, with the four pool winners and the best runner-up joining Finals hosts Bulgaria in Sofia. The finalists will split into two pools and the top two teams from each pool will advance to the semifinals.
The Cuban Volleyball Federation announced that, due to ongoing restoration works at Havana’s Sports City Coliseum —the traditional venue of the World League in Cuba—, the games scheduled for the Cuban capital on June 15-17 will be played in the Dominican Republic, a decision accepted by the FIVB.