Japan safe to host Olympic volleyball qualifiers

Japan has been cleared to host two volleyball World Cup events

that serve as qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics.

The International Volleyball Federation says it received ”full

assurances” from the Japanese government of the country’s recovery

from the earthquake and tsunami in March, and ongoing nuclear power


The women’s World Cup will be played in seven venues from Nov.

4-18. The men will play Nov. 20-Dec. 4 in eight cities.

Each 12-nation tournament will qualify three teams for the

London lineup.

Japan has hosted all the quadrennial World Cups since they

became Olympic qualifiers in 1991.

The events were confirmed after the FIVB met with Japanese

volleyball and television officials.