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FIVB volleyball returns to Cairo after 16 years with Men's U23 worlds

 
Lausanne, Switzerland, November 17, 2016 - For the first time since Cairo hosted the 2001 Boys' Youth World Championship, Egypt welcomes an age-group FIVB event next year, when the FIVB Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship comes to the country's capital from August 18 to 26, with 12 teams vying for top honours.

Egypt, which also hosted the 1991 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Cairo, has been the dominant force in African volleyball, with numerous appearances in all world competitions. At senior level, Egypt's best ever performance was a 13th place finish at the 2010 FIVB World Championship in Italy, after a 14th place at the 1986 FIVB World Championship in France.


Egypt libero Mohamed Noureldin and teammates Abouelsoud Eid and Mohamed Seliman celebrate a point at the 2015 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship in Dubai.

But Egypt's younger generations have also been on the forefront, with a bronze medal match appearance at the 2001 FIVB Boys' Youth World Championship in Cairo, when they just lost out on a podium finish after a 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-22) defeat to Russia.

Two years later, the team capped that with a 9th place finish at the 2003 FIVB Junior World Championship in Iran.

Egypt will be competiting at an FIVB Men's U23 World Championship for the third time in as many editions of the competition, which was first held in 2013. On both previous occasions, in 2013 in Uberlandia and 2015 in Dubai, Egypt ranked 9th.

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