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Hmmmm. If Cuba gets rid of its quota, which team should be in for the games? CAN (2nd at the qualifiers) and MEX (3rd at the qualifiers) are already qualified for the OG.

Should be AUS? (5th at the world qualifier 1)

Should be CHI? (2nd at the world qualifier 2)

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Should be AUS? (5th at the world qualifier 1)

Should be CHI? (2nd at the world qualifier 2)

Whichever one of those 2 which has the higher score ratio, pts., etc. They'll probably push CHINA for higher TV ratings since there's only one Asian team, IRAN.

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Whichever one of those 2 which has the higher score ratio, pts., etc. They'll probably push CHINA for higher TV ratings since there's only one Asian team, IRAN.

Seems kinda impossible. Japan and Australia are above China in the World Ranking.

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Seems kinda impossible. Japan and Australia are above China in the World Ranking.

Well, yeah, but it's also geographic distribution they look for in the Olympic Games. So right now, it's already the host & Argentina (2 SA), 4 from No. America; 4 from Europe; one from Africa and one from Asia. If Cuba is dropped, then I think it's either China or Japan to fill in. Of course, Serbia ia also a great team -- but that would mean FIVE European teams.

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Predictions: Brazilian men & France for the gold; USA & Brazilian women for the gold. But no same country has won BOTH M & W's gold since the USSR in Mexico in 1968.

Haven't kept up with the women's, but based on how World League has been looking... I think all of the men's teams have a lot of work to do before they can remotely contain the Brazilian team.

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I have to say it's going to be extremely difficult to find any team that has a chance at beating the Brazilian volleyball teams, particularly with the immense home court advantage they're going to have, though if I had to pick the women or men, the Brazilian women have to be the more clear cut favorites.

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I have to say it's going to be extremely difficult to find any team that has a chance at beating the Brazilian volleyball teams, particularly with the immense home court advantage they're going to have, though if I had to pick the women or men, the Brazilian women have to be the more clear cut favorites.

FIVB ranks USA women 1 over #2 Brazil -- but the B's have the home court advantage and for some players like Thaisa, this is going to be their swan song; so it's going to be tough for the US women too; but they could do it if they stay healthy to the end. The Brazlian men have a deeper bench for them than the women.

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Well, Brazilian men lost to Serbia. I don't think the Brazilian women can do a 3-peat in Rio. That's just how the cookie crumbles. It will be the men's turn to win the gold...at home. France will get the silver. Italy, Russia or USA may bet bronze.

On the women's side, the US gals may finally beat the Cariocas finally. Bronze will be between China and Serbia.

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Technical time-outs to be taken out for matches in Rio; to adhere to tight match schedule.

http://www.fivb.com/en/about/news/rio-olympic-volleyball-to-be-played-without?id=63509 

Also, if Russian and Cuban men's teams are in question for participating in Rio, which 2 men's indoor teams will fill in?  Germany and Serbia?  

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1 hour ago, baron-pierreIV said:

 

Also, if Russian and Cuban men's teams are in question for participating in Rio, which 2 men's indoor teams will fill in?  Germany and Serbia?  

Serbia and Puerto Rico maybe, because of the continent quota I guess. 

(or Chile *crossing fingers*)

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World’s governing body of volleyball gives green light to Russia’s 2016 Rio squad

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http://tass.ru/en/sport/890988
World’s governing body of volleyball gives green light to Russia’s 2016 Rio squad

More:
http://tass.ru/en/sport/890988
World’s governing body of volleyball gives green light to Russia’s 2016 Rio squad

More:
http://tass.ru/en/sport/890988

Rio 2016: Russia's fencing, volleyball & triathlon teams cleared to compete

 

 

Russia's fencing, volleyball and triathlon teams have been cleared to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which begin on 5 August.

Governing bodies are making the rulings following the damning World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report into state-sponsored doping in the country.

There have been 108 Russians banned from competing, including 67 out of 68 from the athletics team.

There are 16 Russian fencers due to compete in Brazil and six triathletes.

The International Volleyball Federation has cleared the Russian volleyball and beach volleyball teams for Rio, with 30 players across the respective squads.

BBC

http://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/36902917

 

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On 8/11/2016 at 9:56 PM, Faster said:

USA vs. France will be very interesting. 

Les Yankees clobberon Les Blues (my 2nd fave team) 3-1.  It will come down to point splits for the quarter X-overs.  US could still face any of the 3 toughest teams in the other pool: Poland, Russia or Argentina.  

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Ha!  Brasilian indoor men squeak by a 3-1 victory over the French (my pick) to stay in the game.  It looks like Brasil will face MORTAL enemy Argentina in the X-overs.  Poor Argentina.  US men may face Russia or Poland, depending on the draw tonight. 

Quater-final line-up just announced:

Italy v. Iran (Italy for sure)

USA v. Poland (Poland might have the slight edge unless they are off.)

Canada v. Russia  (Canada has been hot)

Brazil v. Argentina (I don't envy the Argentines).  

 

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Lots of sadness in the Brazilian women's volleyball team camp. I knew they were due for a letdown coming into Rio De Janeiro. Ex-teammate Fofao got emotional on SporTV immediately after the China QF loss in her analysis, saying she was "proud" of her old teammates like Fabiana, who was also emotional as she bows out internationally with the loss. And wants them to think about all the good times they had winning gold. Well, one less hurdle for the USA to finally get that elusive women's volleyball gold but they must look at Japan first. 

http://sportv.globo.com/site/programas/rio-2016/noticia/2016/08/em-conversa-com-fabiana-fofao-se-emociona-e-diz-orgulho-de-voces.html

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pt&u=http://sportv.globo.com/site/programas/rio-2016/noticia/2016/08/em-conversa-com-fabiana-fofao-se-emociona-e-diz-orgulho-de-voces.html&prev=search

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