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08 Jun 2004
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Draws completed for Olympic Volleyball competitions

The draw for the men’s and women’s Olympic volleyball competitions was completed on Monday 7 June 2004 at the ATHOC headquarters in Athens, Greece. The draws, which were presided over by representatives of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), ATHOC and the Hellenic Volleyball Federation, divided the twelve teams in each draw into two pools and also determined the order of the matches in each pool.

The title-holders take on the hosts in the men’s competition
The men’s competition, which starts on 15 August, will see current Olympic gold medallists Serbia and Montenegro take on hosts Greece, France, Argentina, Poland and Tunisia in pool A with the title-holders and the hosts going head-to-head on the possibly decisive final day of the preliminary round. Pool B will see Brazil, Italy, the USA, Russia, the Netherlands and Australia battle it out for qualification.

Number one will play number two in the women’s opener
In the women’s draw, pool A sees host nation Greece go up against Brazil, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Kenya. Meanwhile, pool B will see the current world number one, China, take on the world number two, the USA, on day one of the women’s competition, on 14 August. The other teams in pool B are Russia, Cuba, Germany and the Dominican Republic.

Volleyball at ATHENS 2004
During the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games, the volleyball competition will take place at the Peace and Friendship Stadium at the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex. The Stadium has a capacity of 14,000 and the competition will span 16 days, beginning on 14 August and finishing on 29 August 2004. The men’s and women’s matches will be held on alternate days, with women’s competition starting on 14 August and the men’s on 15 August. Two hundred and eighty-eight athletes (12 men’s and 12 women’s teams of 12 players each) from 19 different countries will participate in the volleyball competition at ATHENS 2004.

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