Who has qualified for the 2018 Sitting Volleyball World Championships and how did they get there? Here’s an overview of the qualification process for World ParaVolley’s biggest tournament:
- Rio 2016 Paralympics
- 2017 European Championships
- 2017 Pan American Championships
- 2017 Asia and Oceania Championships
- 2017 Africa Championships
- World Championship Qualifier – Jeju, Korea
When and Where
The 2018 Sitting Volleyball World Championships will take place in the Netherlands from July 15-22 visiting the following cities: Arnhem, Rotterdam, Venlo, Eindhoven and The Hague.
How the tournament works
The men’s preliminary round matches will take place in Venlo and Eindhoven before the semifinals and finals take place in The Hague on July 21 and 22.
Meanwhile Arnhem hosts the women’s preliminary round matches before heading to Rotterdam for the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals from July 19 to 21.
Who are the contenders?
Bosnia & Herzegovina are the defending champions among men and will start again as strong contenders for gold, trying to take revenge on Iran after losing out to them in the final at the 2016 Paralympic Games.
In the women’s tournament a thrilling showdown is expected between defending champions China, who topped the podium in Elblag, Poland, in 2014, and Paralympic gold medallists USA, who defeated the Chinese team in the final at Rio 2016.
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