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Toniutti feels reaching Rio dream is not too far away now


Benjamin Toniutti of France said that their hopes of reaching Rio 2016 is not too far away now, after their defeat of Canada in straight sets

Tokyo, Japan, June 2, 2016 – France captain Benjamin Toniutti felt that their 3-0 win was important as they get closer and closer to obtaining the ticket to Rio 2016 Olympic Games, while Canada captain Rudy Verhoeff remained firm that his side need to keep their focus in the last two matches at the Men’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament.

France coach Laurent Tillie: “We won and I am happy. France can be sure to go to Rio with one more win. We must keep our concentration in the next match. It was a great performance today by the team. We have to play well against Venezuela and Japan.”

France captain Benjamin Toniutti: “Today's win was important. We feel Rio is not too far away now. The morning match start made it difficult today. Canada rested their top players today and we went against players we didn't expect to play, so that made it tough.”

Canada coach Glenn Hoag: “France are one of the best teams in the tournament and world. They have probably the best technical level in the world and we warned our guys about this. We struggled to stay focused today. We must now turn our attention to the last two matches and get ready for Japan and China.”

Canada captain Rudy Verhoeff: “France played excellent today. We had difficult times scoring. Their serves and block defence made it hard for us to score. They pick up balls on defence and transition to score well. We have to focus on the next two matches to get our ticket. That is our goal.”


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