Dutch volleyball players are one more win away from participating in next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo. The team of American coach Jamie Morrison also won its second game on Saturday at the Olympic Qualifier (OKT) in Catania.
Orange was far too strong for Kenya in Sicily. The number four in the last World Cup beat the number twenty in the world ranking 3-0 (25-17, 25-10 and 25-10).
On Friday, the Morrison formation opened the OKT with a convincing victory over Belgium (3-0). The Olympic ticket can be secured on Sunday with a win over host country Italy, which won 3-0 in its first game against Kenya and later on Belgium on Saturday.
The volleyball players can qualify for the Games for the fourth time. In Rio de Janeiro, the team finished fourth three years ago, after losing to Olympic champion China in the semi-finals. The quarterfinals were the final station in 1992 and 1996.
Only group winner to the Olympic Games
Only the winner of the group in Catania qualifies for the Games, in which eleven countries and host country Japan participate. If the Orange does not qualify, another last chance to get a ticket will follow in January 2020.
An OKT is then organized on each continent with eight participating countries, of which only the winner goes to the Games. The top seven of the European rankings and the organizing country participate in the European qualification tournament.
The Netherlands is currently second on the European ranking and is therefore almost certain of participating in that tournament.
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