Less than 12 hours keep us from the last World Olympic Qualification Tournament (WOQT) on Tokyo. Eight teams will compete in round robin system to secure one of the four available tickets to Rio 2016. Who will win the Olympic berth?
WOQT doubles with the Asian Olympic Qualifier, giving one separate qualification for the best ranked Asian team. The remaining three spots will go to the best three ranked teams. If Asian team will be among the best top three in the competition, the fourth spot goes to the fourth best team at the tournament in Tokyo.
The participants (including rosters) are:
The hosting team
Top three Asian teams from FIVB World Ranking
Second and third teams from European Qualifier in Ankara
Second team from South American Qualifier
Second team from NORCECA Qualifier
Who will end up with the Olympic berth?
Japan is always a dangerous team playing in front of their crowd, in 2010 they surprised some powerhouses, grabbed a bronze medal and followed with bronze medal at Olympic Games in London 2012. In the World Cup last year, despite ending fifth, Japanese the four favourites a run for their money. The home team should be in the top three at the WOQT and confirm their presence at Maracanazinho arena, in August, in Rio.
If Japan placed among the three first, then another top team will get a spot at the Olympics. Hard to say which one would win this race, but led by London Olympics MVP Kim Yeon-Koung, the Koreans have a pretty good chance to make it again. Volleyverse will however give its vote to Dominican Republic, who welcomed back to the squad Bethania de la Cruz.
Our final call for the top four teams: