Olympic Line-Up Confirmed - “experience has prepared us for this challenge”

With the final Olympic Qualifying Tournament finishing in Japan today, the 12 nations who will compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games are confirmed. The teams, their current world ranking and their route into the Games are outlined in the table below. It certainly represents the best of women’s volleyball with 9 of the world’s top 10 teams included.

London 2012 Qualified Teams

CountryFIVB ContinentWorld Ranking Qualification Route
Great Britain Europe 69Host
ItalyEurope4FIVB World Cup 2011 - 1st place
USANorth & Central America 1FIVB World Cup 2011 - 2nd place
China Asia5FIVB World Cup 2011 - 3rd place
Turkey Europe11European Continental OQT - Winners
Dominican Republic North & Central America 9North & Central American OQT - Winners
AlgeriaAfrica16African Continental OQT - Winners
Brazil South America 2South American Continental OQT - Winners
Korea Asia 13Asian Continental OQT - Winners
RussiaEurope 7World OQT - 1st Place
Serbia Europe6World OQT - 2nd place
JapanAsia3World OQT - 3rd place
OQT = Olympic Qualification Tournament


Audrey Cooper GB Women's Head Coach

Audrey Cooper comments:

“Congratulations to all teams who have made it through a tough qualification process; it’s great to see the world’s best will be competing in London. With 5 teams represented from Europe it shows the strength of women’s volleyball in our continent. In just under 2 months, we will be pitting our wits against the best in the world; we will face Asian, European, American and African opposition so understanding their different styles of play is critical. I am confident that our experiences over the last 4 years against all styles of  opposition has prepared us for this challenge. We have been scouting these teams for more than 2 years and it’s great to finally have our opposition confirmed; as staff and players, we now look forward to finalising our preparation over the next 2 months.”

GBW Captain Lynne Beattie

Captain Lynne Beattie comments:

“It’s the news we have all been waiting for. As I look at the line up in front of me, I imagine us playing against these teams, and I feel nothing but sheer excitement. There are no easy teams, these teams are the worlds best, but we always knew this would be the case. This is what we have been preparing for over the last 5 years and we are ready for the challenge. Of the 11 teams, we have competed against 4 teams at senior international, 2 more at the World Student Games and will face Algeria this Summer, so we know exactly what level is required. Our final preparations are underway and we are ready to show that we are a force to be reckoned with among the worlds best.”

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