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France on the threshold of Rio

 
Tokyo, Japan, June 3, 2016 - Venezuela might be desperate to achieve their first victory at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo, but Saturday would be a tough day to do that as they are facing strong France, which would start packing for Rio with a win in this match.

Head-to-head
• Venezuela and France have not recently met at the World Olympic Qualification tournament.
• Their last meeting at a world level tournament came in 2008 when they met four times at the World League. 
• France won all four encounters (3-2, 3-0, 3-1, 3-1). 

Venezuela
• Venezuela have lost all of their five matches at the World Olympic Qualification tournament and have failed to qualify for Olympic Games in Rio.
• They are the only team yet to claim two sets in a single match this tournament. 
• At their last three participations at the World Olympic Qualification tournament (2000, 2004 and 2012), Venezuela won at least one match. 
• Kervin Martin Piñeda Urbina (73) is the only Venezuelan player to have scored more than 35 points this tournament.

France
• France qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio by winning this match. 
• It would be their fourth participation at the Olympic Games, after 1988, 1992 and 2004. 
• France could win four consecutive matches at the World Olympic Qualification tournament for the first time since a run of eight in 2004-2012. 
• Antonin Rouzier (96) is the most scoring player at this World Olympic Qualification tournament.

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