Bangkok, Thailand, October 10, 2019 – China reclaimed world No.1 status as the world’s volleyball-governing body launched the FIVB Senior World Ranking for Women on September 29, 2019 shortly after the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup came to its conclusion in Osaka, Japan.

China surged to the top of the world ranking when they captured gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, but slipped to the world No.2 when old foes Serbia captured the world title in Japan last year to overtake the formidable Asian counterparts in the global rankings. The European giants suffered a bitter 1-3 loss to the Chinese side in the thrilling final showdown of the quadrennial sporting extravaganza in Brazil. En route to their world No.1 status, China swept all eleven of their matches in Yokohama, Sapporo and Osaka to retain their crown in the round-robin FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup.

The 2019 edition handed China a historic fifth title, following earlier honours from 1981, 1985, 2003, and 2015. They have already surpassed Cuba’s earlier record of four titles (1989, 1991, 1995, 1999) in the history of the competitive competition.

The 2019 champions China made their remarkable unbeaten run on September 29, just two days ahead of Chinese National Day, defeating Argentina in comfortable straight sets in Site A’s Maruzen Intec Areana.

Defending consecutive two-time VNL champions USA confirmed their runners-up position after defeating Korea 3-1 in Site B’s Edion Arena. To finish second at the FIVB World Cup, the USA, formerly world No.3, also rose to second place. Serbia, which fielded a second-string squad to the star-studded tournament, finished a disappointing ninth position to secure third in world rankings.

Brazil and Russia maintained their respective 4th and 5th places. The Netherlands moved up in the ranking to come in 6th, while Japan dropped to 7th in world rankings. Italy, Korea, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Germany, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada and Belgium remained at their previous world rankings from 8th to 19th respectively. Kenya, which finished a distant 11th at the FIVB World Cup, moved up one position from 20th to joint 19th.

Some other Asian teams saw Kazakhstan and Australian maintain their 23rd and 30th places in world rankings, while Chinese Taipei and DPR Korea rose to joint 32nd. Vietnam also moved to 36th, with Iran and Fiji Islands staying at joint 39th and Maldives and Nepal joint 66th.

The FIVB Senior World Ranking Points added to women’s teams presently come from Olympic Games & Qualification Tournaments, World Cup, World Championship & Qualification Tournaments and 2017 World Grand Prix.

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