Lausanne, Switzerland, May 10, 2017 - Qualification for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship wrapped up with Iran and Japan advancing from Asia, after topping the age-group Asian Championship this week in Ardabil, Iran.
Iran and Japan join hosts Egypt, South American champions Brazil, European qualifiers Poland and Turkey, Pan-American Cup top teams Argentina, Cuba and Mexico, and African champions Algeria.
The last two remaining tickets will go to the top two non-qualified teams in the FIVB U23 World Rankings, Russia and Korea.
Although predictions for any age-group competition is dangerous territory, focus will be on defending champions Russia and the only other winners of the event, Brazil.
The brand new Asian champions Iran and Poland who dominated the European qualifiers last year would also be forces to be reckoned with.
Poland will be one of three countries - together with Japan and Algeria - to be making their debut in the competition after missing out on 2013 and 2015.
Held every two years, the U23 World Championships are the latest addition to the FIVB calendar and have already featured stars and produced Dream Teams of players that have gone on to shine in the flagship tournaments of the International Federation.