U23 World Championship to showcase bright new generation


Iran's Javad Karimi tries to get past the Japan block of Masato Katsuoka in the final of the Asian U23 Championship, as both sides qualify to the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship.

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 10, 2017 - Qualification for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship wrapped up with Iran and Japan advancing from Asia, after topping the age-group Asian Championship this week in Ardabil, Iran.

The third edition of the U23 World Championship will run from 18 to 25 August in Cairo marking the first time the competition moves to Africa, after the first two editions in Brazil and the United Arab Emirates.

Iran and Japan join hosts Egypt, South American champions Brazil, European qualifiers Poland and Turkey, Pan-American Cup top teams Argentina, Cuba and Mexico, and African champions Algeria.

The last two remaining tickets will come from the world ranking.

Although predictions for any age-group competition is dangerous territory, focus will be on defending champions Russia and the only other winners of the event, Brazil.

Russia celebrate 2015 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship title in Dubai.

The brand new Asian champions Iran and Poland who dominated the European qualifiers last year would also be forces to be reckoned with.

Poland will be one of three countries - together with Japan and Algeria - to be making their debut in the competition after missing out on 2013 and 2015.

Held every two years, the U23 World Championships are the latest addition to the FIVB calendar and have already featured stars and produced Dream Teams of players that have gone on to shine in the flagship tournaments of the International Federation.

Ricardo Lucarelli in Uberlandia with Brazil's 2013 FIVB Men's U23 trophy and his individual MVP award

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