Japan and the Canadian city of Ottawa will welcome the second week of action for the men. Led by captain Yuki Ishikawa, the Asians, who last year won their first-ever VNL medal, taking bronze, will play on the first day of matches, June 4, meeting continental rivals Iran, at 19:20 local time (10:20 GMT). In Canada, one of the most exciting matches should be the one between France and Italy, set to take place on June 5, at 20:00 local time (00:00 June 6, GMT).
After enormous success in 2023, the Philippines will host a pool again this year and one of the matches scheduled to be held in Manila is the one between Japan and the United States, on June 23, at 19:00 local time (11:00 GMT). The Slovenian capital Ljubljana will also be a host city in 2024 and will be the stage of the match involving the home team and Italy on June 22, at 20:30 local time (18:30 GMT).
The VNL 2024 will also play a major role in determining the last national teams that will qualify for the Paris Olympics. The result of each match of the tournament’s Preliminary Phase will impact the FIVB Volleyball World Rankings, which will determine the teams to occupy the last five spots in this year’s Games.
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