Just over a year is missing but the countdown for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has already started. Especially when the various sports publish the new tournament schedules, making us dream of a summer different from that of 2020.
The inaugural match of vollyball should be between Italy, the Silver medal in Rio 2016, against Canada, on July 24th 2021. Subsequently, Italy will play against Poland on July 26th then against Japan on July 28th. Italy vs Iran on 30th July while the last group match will be played on 1st August against Venezuela.
The preliminary phase of the men's tournament will end on Sunday 1st August, followed by the quarterfinals scheduled on Tuesday 3rd August, while the semifinals will take place on Thursday 5th August. The finals that will award the medals are set for Saturday 7th August.
The women's group stage will end on Monday 2nd August, followed by the quarterfinals (Wednesday 4th) and the semifinals (Friday 6th). The medal matches will be staged on Sunday 8th August All the games of the Olympic volleyball tournaments will take place at the Ariake Arena, a newly built facility, inaugurated in recent weeks.
Volleybal, World Championships and Covid-19
According to reports from some Iranian news agencies, the Federation of Tehran would have requested to host the men's World Championships in 2021 both for the Under 19 and for the Under 21 category.
The request was allegedly made by Iranian President Mohammadreza Davarzani during a telephone conversation with the dg of the International Federation Fabio Azevedo on Wednesday 24 June. The Fivb executive said that other countries have also applied to the organization and that the decision will be taken in the coming months.
In between, Leila Barros twice Olympic bronze medalist (Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000), former volleyball and beach volleyball player, currently Senator of the Republic Leila Barros has been hit by Covid-19. After presenting with fever and muscle aches, the 48-year-old deputy supported the swab which proved positive.
The result was reported through its social networks. With this post: "After presenting with fever and muscle pain, Senator Leila Barros took the RT-PCR test which was positive for covid-19. Clinical tests revealed no changes in the lungs.
Although she is confident of a complete recovery, the DF member of parliament is not doing well because of the severe headache. Leila will respect home insulation according to the doctor's advice."