Final spots for World Championships to be decided

South Korea to stage last qualifiers for 2018 Sitting Volleyball Worlds 26 Mar 2018
Sitting volleyball at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The World Championships are the biggest tournament outside the Paralympic Games

ⒸCicero Rodrigues for the IPC
By World ParaVolley and IPC

Eight men’s and two women’s national teams will battle it out for the last spots at the 2018 Sitting Volleyball World Championships when they compete in the Final Qualifiers in Jenju City, South Korea, between 27 March and 1 April.

In the women’s side, hosts South Korea will face Italy in a best-of-three matches format, with the winner achieving qualification for the sport’s major competition outside the Paralympic Games.

A total of eight male teams will be divided into two groups of four. South Korea were pitted in Group A against Latvia, Italy and Cambodia, while Croatia were drawn in Group B together with DR Congo, Mongolia and Thailand.

The best two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals, set to take place on 31 March, with the gold medal match being contested the following day.

Italy vs. Cambodia will open the Final Qualifiers on 27 March, followed by South Korea vs. Latvia, Thailand vs. Mongolia and Croatia vs. DR Congo. The women’s competition will kick off on 29 March.

The 2018 World Championships will take place between 15 and 22 July, with the world’s 16 best male and female teams competing. Bosnia & Herzegovina are the defending champions among men, while China are hoping to repeat their title from 2014.

More information is available on World ParaVolley’s website.