Helloworld Travel Volleyroos to play Korea in opening game of the AVC Olympic Qualifying Tournament


World number 15 Australia has been placed in the same pool as Korea, Qatar and India for the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Tokyo Olympic qualifying tournament.

The Tournament is to be played at the Jiangmen Sports Centre in China from 7 to12 January 2020.

Pool A sees the Asian champions, Iran, placed alongside China, Chinese Taipei and Kazakhstan.

The team features the top eight sides from this year’s Asian Championships. The exception to this is Japan. It finished in the top eight, but as the Olympic host nation, they have automatically qualified. Pakistan was also a top eight team, but has withdrawn from the AVC Tokyo qualification tournament.

Qatar has come into the qualifiers in place of Japan, while Kazakhstan replaces Pakistan.

Australia, which won the silver medal at the Asian Championships, faces three teams placed below them in the world rankings in their pool.

Iran, the only team from Asia to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, is the top ranked team in the qualification tournament. Currently Iran is ranked eighth in the world.

The tournament will take place from 7 to 12 January, with Australia taking on the world number 24, Korea, in their opening game.