Astana, Kazakhstan, January 20, 2016 - The Kazakhstan Volleball Federation has announced the appointment of coach Vyacheslav Shapran to lead their women's team at the World and Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan from May 14 to 22 and at the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix this year.
It will be the 68-year-old Almaty local's second stint with the national team. Between 2001 and 2006, Shapran led Kazakhstan to silver at the 2005 Asian Championship and to the 17th place in their first ever appearance at a FIVB Volleyball World Championship in 2006.
Kazakhstan will join Japan, Korea, Thailand, the Netherlands, Italy, Peru and the Dominican Republic at the combined World and Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament from May 14-22 in Tokyo, Japan. The top three ranked teams plus the best ranked Asian team will qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. If an Asian team is ranked among the top three, then the next ranked team will be qualified.
for more information about the Olympic qualification process.