OTTAWA, Canada, November 11, 2015 - Volleyball Canada is excited
to announce that the 2016 Men’s NORCECA Continental Olympic
Qualification Tournament will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, from
January 8 to 10, 2016, at the Saville Community Sports Centre.
There is a lot at stake as the winner of this tournament goes to
the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
"We’re very excited that Edmonton is the site of the Olympic
qualifier," said Canada’s men’s team head coach Glenn Hoag. "We
are eager to again showcase international volleyball on home
soil, and most importantly our goal is to secure a berth in the
2016 Olympic Games for the first time since 1992. The City of
Edmonton has proven to be an excellent host in the past, and
Alberta has an excellent tradition of volleyball."
Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico have earned the right to
participate in the qualifier. The Canadian men’s team won the
pre-qualification event in Mexico in October, and is currently
ranked 10th according to the FIVB World Rankings. Cuba is ranked
15th; Puerto Rico is 22nd and Mexico is 24th.
Out of the NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean)
countries, only the U.S. men’s team has already qualified for
the 2016 Games as winners of the 2015 World Cup.
"Edmonton is proud to welcome some of the world’s best
volleyball players to our city in 2016,” said Edmonton Mayor Don
Iveson. “With an impressive facility like the Saville Centre, a
strong volunteer base and enthusiastic fans, this international
competition is sure to be a great success and build on our
reputation as an exceptional host city."
Edmonton hosted a World Cup warm-up event earlier this year that
saw Canada face Brazil in two friendly matches.
"Edmonton has a rich history hosting international events, and
we are excited to host the 2016 Men’s NORCECA Continental
Olympic Qualification tournament," said Maggie Davison, vice
president of Edmonton Tourism. "We are extremely proud of our
reputation, providing superior venues and value, plus totally
original, authentic and unique experiences to our visitors."
The round-robin format match schedule is the following:
Cuba v Puerto Rico
Canada v Mexico
Cuba v Mexico
Canada v Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico v Mexico
Canada v Cuba