- THE NETHERLANDS
The CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification 2020 – Women is the very last stage of the Olympic qualification process. Italy, Russia and Serbia secured their spots in the Volleyball tournament of the XXXII Olympiad by topping the charts of the intercontinental qualifiers they contested in the summer of 2019 in Catania, Wroclaw and Kaliningrad. Other teams already qualified for Tokyo 2020 are hosts Japan as well as Brazil, China and United States.
The top eight teams from the European Ranking released after completion of EuroVolley 2019 are eligible to contest the CEV continental Olympic qualifier. These feature in two Pools, A and B, with hosts the Netherlands as the head of Pool A and all remaining teams seeded as per their ranking and the serpentine system. After completion of a single round robin in each pool, the top two teams will play crossed semis, followed by a winner-takes-it-all final, where a much-coveted ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be at stake.
In January 2016, at a similar Olympic qualifier held in Ankara, Russia secured the only ticket available to Rio 2016, while the Netherlands and Italy continued their journey at an intercontinental event in Japan where they eventually qualified for the Games in Brazil. However, this time there is no ‘second chance’ and only the winners of the tournament will fulfil their Olympic dream.
With the top teams and players in Europe set to compete and so much at stake on the #RoadToTokyo, fans can expect a great show on the court – as well as off the court. The CEV will be joining forces with the organisers to continue the success story from EuroVolley 2019 when it comes to sport presentation, fan engagement and overall event experience.