China ties France, the US and Serbia in the volleyball Olympics

The Chinese women’s volleyball team will face hosts France, defending Olympic champions the United States and reigning world champions Serbia in the first phase of the Paris Olympics.

The Chinese team is looking to bounce back from its worst-ever Olympic performance in Tokyo last time, where the three-time Olympic champion was knocked out in the first stage.

The 2024 Olympic Games in Paris will be China’s eleventh consecutive Olympic appearance in women’s volleyball since their debut in Los Angeles in 1984, when they also won gold for the first time, before also appearing on the Olympic podium at Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 respectively .

The 12 qualified teams for Paris were drawn into three groups of four at Wednesday’s draw ceremony in Bangkok, ahead of the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League (VNL) final.

Besides France, the United States, China and Serbia in Pool A, Brazil, Poland, Japan and Kenya have been drawn in Pool B, while Italy, Turkiye, the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic are in Pool C. The pool winners, the pool The runners-up and the two best-ranked, third-placed teams advance to the quarterfinals.

The Paris 2024 Olympic volleyball tournament will take place from July 27 to August 11 at the South Paris Arena in the French capital. (Xinhua)

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