The 25th edition of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix,which is the International Volleyball Federation’s premier annual competition for women’s national teams, will run from June 26 to August 1, 2015. The Group 1 Finals will take place in Omaha, USA from July 22-26. Poland will host the Group 2 Finals from July 31 to August 1 and the Group 3 Finals will take place in Australia from July 11-12.
The 2016 edition of the World Grand Prix,which featured 28 participating countries for the first time, saw Brazil triumph for a record 11th time after winning against world number 1 USA in the final match of the competition. Netherlands claimed bronze, their first World Grand Prix medal for nine years.
The FIVB World Grand Prix has grown spectacularly since its first edition in 1993, when it featured just eight teams. The increase in the number of participating teams brings with it an increased level of competition and has also helped to spread the World Grand Prix to new territories around the world.
Teams participatingin 2017
Group 1: Belgium, Brazil, China, DominicanRepublic, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, USA.
Group 2: Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia,Czech Republic, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Peru, Poland and PuertoRico.
Group 3: Algeria, Australia, Colombia, Hungary, Kazakhstan,Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela.
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