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Twenty teams ready to shine at Women’s U20 World Championship
One day before the official start of the 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic, the twenty team delegations met tonight in hotel Voronez for the general technical meeting. All teams have safely arrived in the Czech Republic where the organizers provide a perfect platform for the next generation of stars to display their skills and potentially take the big step into the giant world of the senior ranks.
The competition features a revised format having been expanded from 16 to 20 teams comprising the hosts and 19 qualifiers. Italy go into the competition as defending champions after they defeated Brazil in the 2011 final for their first gold medal in the history of the tournament. Brazil, champions in six occasions, will be out to make up for that loss, but 2011 bronze medallists China will also be confident off claiming the gold for themselves.
First round action gets under way on Friday with sixteen teams entering the much-awaited competition in Czech Republic. Four pools (A, B, C, D) will be composed of five teams each. In each pool the teams will play a round robin system to determine the ranking and will be classified from 1st – 5th. The 1st – 4th ranked team of each pool will move to the eight finals and the fifth ranked of each pool will move to the play-off round for the 17th – 20th position (round robin).
Quotes of the coaches
Chinese Taipei Coach Chung-Jen Lo: Our team trained very hard and we hope to have good chances for this competition.
Czech Republic Coach Ondrej Marek: We would like to pass the first round and do the best to reach the finals.
Dominican Republic Coach Roberto Rocha Wagner: Good luck to everyone. I hope that we will have a good tournament and get our goals. We have a really young team here.
Peru Coach Natalia Málaga Dibós: Peru is a very young team and we need to reach our goals: good luck to everyone.
Puerto Rico Coach Carlos J. Cruz: We hope to pass the first phase and get in the second one, since we have several U18 players.
China Coach Jiande Xu: We are glad to be here and to meet all these teams from around the world.
Colombia Coach Mauro Marasciulo: After 20 years we’re back at a World Championship, we have great expectations.
Japan Coach Yashuiro Fukuda: I will try to have the best from my team.
Serbia Coach Ratko Pavlicevic: I would like my team to play well and to be satisfied at the end.
Thailand Coach Nataph Srisamutnak: All teams are strong and it will be hard but we hope to go as far as possible.
Brazil Coach Luizomar De Moura: I’m glad to be here, Brazil has a good generation, We hope to play a good competition.
Bulgaria Coach Dimo Tonev: Pool C is very strong, my team is very young and I’m expecting the best volleyball from them. I’m glad to be here with such experienced colleagues.
Mexico Coach Estanislao Vachino: Good luck to everyone, we’re happy to be here, we hope that all the work we have done in the last year will be useful for this tournament.
Russia Coach Svetlana Safronova: It’s a good moment for our team and we hope to get good results. What kind of results, I’ll tell you later.
USA Coach Rodney Wilde: Thanks to Brno and the Czech Federation, we’re happy to be here and to play such a great competition. We hope to make it to the next round.
Algeria Coach Aimed Eddine Saidani: It’s very important for us to be here, and we want to be good representatives for African volleyball.
Egypt Coach Hesham Badrawy: I wish good luck for everyone, especially for Egypt, and we’re expecting to play well.
Italy Coach Davide Mazzanti: Our national team had not much time to prepare for this event, but we will try to do our best.
Nigeria Coach Sergey Ovechkin: We had a short preparation time and we don’t have experienced players, but we want to fight for every single point.
Turkey Coach Gökhan Edman: All the best to all teams here, I hope we will have a great tournament.
Recent seasons medalists from the World Championships of Junior Women
2011 in Peru: Italy (gold), Brazil (silver), China (bronze)
2009 in Mexico: Germany (gold), Dominican Republic (silver), Brazil (bronze)
2007 in Thailand: Brazil (gold), China (silver), Japan (bronze)
2005 in Turkey: Brazil (gold), Serbia and Montenegro (silver), China (bronze)
2003 in Thailand: Brazil (gold), China (silver), Poland (bronze)