Indian Volleyball team set to participate in Asian Qualifier tournament to be held in Jiangmen, China from 7 to 12 January 2020. Eight men teams from Asian and Oceania will fight for single quota available here at 2020 Men’s Volleyball Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament.
Eight countries, namely Iran, Chinese Taipei, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Australia, Korea, India apart from hosts China will battle in the qualifiers, with only the winner of the event earning a spot in the upcoming Olympics event.
India is placed in group B alongside Australia, Korea and Qatar and will need to pull off some top performances to claim the top honours. India team qualifies directly into 2020 Olympics Qualifier after they finish 2nd in their group at Asian Volleyball Championship. India finished overall eighth in the Asian championship.
Pakistan who finished ahead of India in Asian Championship pull out off Asian Qualifier and as Japan automatically qualified as 2020 Olympic hosts, Qatar (in place of Japan) and Kazakhstan (in place of Pakistan) were called to join the fray.
According to the draw results, hosts and current world No. 20 China are grouped in Pool A with Iran, the only team from Asia to participate in 2016 Rio Games in Brazil, world No.34 Chinese Taipei and world No.39 Kazakhstan, while Pool B features world No.15 Australia, world No.24 Korea, world No.33 Qatar and world No.131 India.
The group stages will start from January 7 to 9. On January 7, the opening day of the Men’s Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020, hosts China will take on Kazakhstan while Chinese Taipei will challenge mighty Iran in Pool A. Pool B will see Australia face Korea and Qatar encounter India.
3rd and 4th places from each group will be out of the competition. The top two teams from each group will contest the cross semi-final encounters, with group A winners taking on group B second place and group B winners will fight it out with group A second place.
The two winners in the semi-finals will fight to secure their berth to the Tokyo 2020. The two losing sides will fight it out for the third-place playoff.
As per Indian chances India are coming from winning Gold at South Asian Championship but their performance at recent Asian Championship was not impressive. India beat higher rank team Kazakhstan and Oman in group stage but loss to China by 0-3.
In second stage India could even won a set against Australia and Iran who are competing here in Asian olympic Qualifier also. In Quarterfinals India won set against S.Korea before loading it by 1-3.
India losses to Chinese Taipei in 5th to 8th place play off and later also losses to Pakistan for 7th place by 2-3.
So India only manage to win against Kazakhstan among all participating team here and lost against China, S.Korea, Iran and Chinese Taipei. Hence Indian have to show something out of the box to bring olympic quota from this tournament. This is last chance for team to make it to Olympic.
Indian team for Olympic Qualifier
•Ashwal Rai •Karthik Kamlesh
•Vineeth Kumar(C) •Amit
•Akhin GS •Deepesh Kumar
•Jerome Vinith •Shon John
•Gagan Kumar •Kamalesh Khatik (L)
•Ajith lal •Midhun Kumar (L)
•Ukkrapandiyan •Ranjith Singh.
Here is full Schedule and Result of Indian Volleyball For Tournament
|India Vs Qatar||Group B||22-25 20-25 23-25||Qater||Qatar – 3
India – 0
|India Vs South Korea||Group B||19-25 20-25 23-25||S.KOR||S.Kor – 3
India – 0
|India Vs Australia||Group B||27-25 21-25 21-25 22-25||Australian||Aus – 6
India – 0
|Semi Final||Did not advance|