Japan look to extend Olympic participation record


Tokyo, Japan, May 13, 2016 - First ever Olympic women's champions Japan are hosting another FIVB Volleyball Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament and are facing experienced old-timers Peru in their first challenge in Tokyo.

• Japan and Peru met at the 2012 World Olympic Qualification tournament which was won by Japan in straight sets.
• Their most recent meeting came at the 2015 World Cup. Japan won in straight sets.
• These teams have met five times at the Olympic Games (1968-1988) of which Japan won four. Peru won their last meeting at the Olympic Games in the 1988 semifinals en route to their only Olympic medal (silver).

• Japan are hoping to participate at the Olympic Games for a record 12th time. They won Olympic gold the first time volleyball was on the Olympic programme in 1964 and in 1976.
• Japan have won a record-equalling six medals at the Olympic Games (G2-S2-B2) alongside Soviet Union (G4-S2).
• In London four years ago, Japan won their first Olympic volleyball medal since 1984. They beat Korea Republic in the bronze medal match.
• Japan qualified for the Olympic Games at the World Olympic Qualification tournament in four of the last five Games. They won the tournament in 1996 and 2004, finished in third place in 2008, and qualified as the Asian qualifier in 2012 (4th place).
• Japan have won at least one set in 21 of their last 23 World Olympic Qualification matches. They only suffered straight set defeats against Russia (2004 and 2012).

• Peru have participated in seven Olympic Games, but not since 2000.
• In 1996 and 2000 they qualified for the Olympic Games in the South American qualification.
• Peru have won one Olympic medal, silver at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. They beat Japan in the semifinals (3-2).
• At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles they finished in fourth place after losing the bronze medal match to Japan (3-1).
• At the 2012 World Olympic Qualification tournament Peru won only one of their seven matches, a 3-0 win against Chinese Taipei.


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