JAPAN OFF TO VICTORIOUS START IN TOKYO 2020

JAPAN OFF TO VICTORIOUS START IN TOKYO 2020

Bangkok, Thailand, July 24, 2021 – Hosts Japan got their Olympic campaign off to a flying start with an exceptional straight-set win against Venezuela in their opening Pool A encounter of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic volleyball tournament at Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday.

Japan, current world No.11 and 11th place at the recent Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy, performed superbly to down world No.38 Venezuela 25-21, 25-20, 25-15 to lead Pool A with 3 points.

Captain Yuki Ishikawa chipped in with 13 points for Japan, while rising star Ran Takahashi added 10 points. Alexander Rodriguez Gonzalez Emerson led Venezuela with 9 points.

Japan will next take on Canada, which suffered their first defeat in the Tokyo 2020 after going down 2-0 (28-26, 25-18, 2125, 18-25, 11-15) to Italy in the curtain-raising match, on Monday.

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