Japan will face host Brazil, Russia, South Korea, Argentina and one other team in the group stage of the women’s volleyball tournament at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, an official of the international governing body (FIVB) told Kyodo News on Sunday.
Based on the Oct. 6 world rankings, FIVB will pool the 12 qualifiers into two groups using the serpentine system.
The other group will feature the top-ranked United States, China, Serbia, Italy, the Netherlands and one more team.
One of the two yet-to-be slotted teams is Cameroon and the other will be either Puerto Rico or Colombia, who are both taking part in a separate qualifying competition in Puerto Rico.
If Puerto Rico qualifies, it will be placed in the same group with the United States, while Cameroon be put in Japan’s group. If Colombia qualifies, then it will join Japan’s group with Cameroon going into the other group.
Japan finishes third
Japan finished the women’s final Olympic qualifying campaign in third place after a 3-2 (20-25, 25-13, 21-25, 32-30, 15-11) win over the Netherlands on Sunday.
Miyu Nagaoka led Japan with 25 points. Lonneke Sloetjes was the top scorer for the Netherlands with 32 points.
Japan, the Netherlands, Italy and South Korea have qualified for Rio de Janeiro from the eight-team, round-robin competition.
In other final-day action, Italy defeated Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-19), Thailand beat Peru 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-23) while South Korea lost in straight sets (25-23, 25-11, 28-26) to the Dominican Republic.