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Italy wins volleyball Olympic ticket in Sofia

05-14-2012 10:30 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

SOFIA, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Italy won the only ticket to London available at the men's volleyball European Olympic qualification here on Sunday evening by defeating Germany 3-2 (25-22, 26-24, 19- 25, 22-25, 15-12).

The two teams Saturday knocked Serbia and Bulgaria respectively at the semifinals of the tournament where Finland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain participated as well.

Germany, Bulgaria and Serbia will have a second chance to get tickets to London, participating in the three men's world Olympic qualification tournaments in June.

From 8 to 10 June in Berlin, Germany will face Cuba, Czech Republic and India; Bulgaria, again in Sofia, will fight against France, Egypt and Pakistan, while in Japan, Serbia will play against several teams such as China, South Korea and Australia.

Earlier on Sunday, Dancho Lazarov, President of the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation, told a press conference that the federation has fired the country's head coach Radostin Stoychev, replacing him with the famous Italian specialist Silvano Prandi, who was Bulgaria's head coach from 2008 to 2010.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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