Olympic Volleyball: China’s Olympic volleyball gold medalist Yang Fang Xu banned four years for nobbling

Chinese volleyball has been hit by a major drugging scandal ahead of next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics with women’s team player Yang Fang Xu banned for four years for testing positive for banned substances.  Olympic Volleyball Tickets are available online at economical prices from our most reliable ticketing platform.

Yang, a member of the gold medal-winning team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, tested positive for erythropoietin, which inspires the growth of oxygen-carrying red blood cells in the body, and has been deferred since August last year, just before the Asian Games 2018.

Olympic Volleyball: China’s Olympic volleyball gold medalist Yang Fang Xu banned four years for nobbling

Her case was not reported by the Chinese Anti-Doping Agency until Tuesday when it stated Yang tested positive during an out-of-competition test and would be banned until September 2022. The player also has to bear the cost of the test.

No official statement has been made on Yang from the Chinese Volleyball Association but the exposure of her ban has blotted the reputation of the team who booked their ticket to next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics through their victory in a qualification tournament in Zhejiang 10 days ago.

Olympic Volleyball: China’s Olympic volleyball gold medalist Yang Fang Xu banned four years for nobbling

Women’s volleyball enjoys a high reputation among other Chinese sports, especially as they are a team who have determined three Olympic gold medals since 1984.

Chinese citizens were surprised by Yang’s suspension, particularly as erythropoietin is rarely seen among volleyball players. The drug is mainly used by fortitude athletes such as distance runners or road-race cyclists. Some commenters also said they consoled her and acknowledged her contribution to the team’s success.

Born in Shandong province in 1994, Yang, 24, is a specialist in reception. At 1.9 meters, she entered the national youth squad along with star player Zhu Ting, also 24, and both were later promoted to the senior squad. Yang was a member of the team that won a silver medal at the 2014 world championships before representing China at the Rio Olympics and played in the final against Serbia which China won 3-1.

Olympic Volleyball: China’s Olympic volleyball gold medalist Yang Fang Xu banned four years for nobbling

She was in the 14-member squad for the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia but did not travel with the team to Jakarta. Coach Lang Ping veiled at the time that her charge was suffering from injuries.

Though, Tuesday’s Cada statement said Yang failed the doping test on August 11, 2018, just a week before the start of the Asian Games volleyball event. Speciously, the team was informed of the dope-test result before the decision was made to drop the player.

Mainland reports said Yang had cleared her Weibo social media site and had not been seen in public since last year. A friend of Yang said the player had been planning to retire anyway after her absence from last year’s Asia Games because of prolonged injuries.

Olympic Volleyball: China’s Olympic volleyball gold medalist Yang Fang Xu banned four years for nobbling

The last time a Chinese volleyball player was found guilty of doping was in 1992 when Wu Dan tested positive for the banned substance strychnine at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

Wu was kicked out of the Games but received no further punishment. She represented China again at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Olympic fans can get Olympic Tickets through our trusted online ticketing market place. OlympicTickets2020.com is the most reliable source to book Olympic 2020 Tickets.

FIVB Men’s International Olympic Qualification Tournament set to begin with six tickets to Tokyo 2020 Olympics on offer

A group of 24 teams will begin their search for six available tickets to Tokyo 2020 tomorrow with the International Volleyball Federation Men’s International Olympic Qualification Tournament set to get underway. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Volleyball Tickets online.

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FIVB Men’s International Olympic Qualification Tournament set to begin with six tickets to Tokyo 2020 Olympics on offer

The teams are divided into six pools of four, with the table-toppers punching their tickets for next year’s Olympic Games.

Brazil, who triumphed at their home Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 to secure a third Olympic gold medal in their history, will compete in Pool A at the Palace of Culture and Sports in Varna along with hosts Bulgaria, Egypt, and Puerto Rico.

They are the only country to have played in every single edition of the Olympic Games since volleyball was introduced to the program at Tokyo 1964.

Reigning world champions Poland, meanwhile, will face some very tough opposition when they welcome France, Slovenia, and Tunisia to the Pool D event at Ergo Arena in Gdańsk. Rio 2016 silver medalists Italy will also need to overcome a huge hurdle when they meet Serbia at Pala Florio in Bari. Australia and Cameroon complete the Pool C line-up.

Three-time Olympic champions the United States are on the road in their quest to make Tokyo 2020, traveling to the Rotterdam Ahoy to go up against hosts The Netherlands, Belgium and South Korea in Pool B. The Americans were bronze medalists last time around in Rio 2016.

Reigning European champions Russia is at home at the Sibur Arena in Saint Petersburg, but they are in for a tough challenge from Iran in Pool E, which also includes Cuba and Mexico. This is the only qualification pool in which all four participants played at Rio 2016.

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FIVB Men’s International Olympic Qualification Tournament set to begin with six tickets to Tokyo 2020 Olympics on offer

Russia finished fourth after blowing a two-set lead against the US in the bronze medal match, while Cuba and Mexico failed to make it beyond the preliminary round. Argentina and Canada are expected to battle it out for glory in Pool F at Beilun Gymnasium in Ningbo, where they also face hosts China and Finland for a spot at Tokyo 2020.

Both the South and North Americans were knocked out in the quarter-finals at Rio 2016, with Argentina losing to Brazil and Canada falling to defeat at the hands of Russia. The 6 toppers will be joining Japan at Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with the hosts having already claimed one of the twelve available berths.

A further 5 teams will appear in January from the Continental Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to complete the Tokyo 2020 line-up.

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Brazil qualify for women’s volleyball tournament at Tokyo 2020

Two-time Olympic champions Brazil have become the first team to qualify for the women’s volleyball tournament at Tokyo 2020. They did it the hard way at the International Volleyball Federation Women’s Intercontinental Tokyo 2020 Qualification Tournament, beating the Dominican Republic in a five-set thriller.  Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Volleyball Tickets online.

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Brazil qualify for women’s volleyball tournament at Tokyo 2020

The Pool D hosts raced into a 2-0 lead at the Ginásio Sabiazinho in Uberlândia, only to be pegged back by the Caribbean nation. The Brazilian saw it out in a nervy tie-break, booking their ticket to Tokyo 2020 with a 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 18-25, 15-10 victory.

The other match in Pool D saw Azerbaijan sweep Cameroon 25-17, 25-14, 25-20. Elsewhere, United States narrowly avoided an almighty upset against Bulgaria in Pool C before winning win five sets.

The U.S twice trailed at the Century Link Center in Bossier City before rallying and eventually triumphing 21-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10. The U.S will reach Tokyo 2020 if they beat Argentina, who saw off Kazakhstan 22–25, 25–8, 25–20, 25–16.

Defeat for the Americans could allow Bulgaria in if they beat Kazakhstan, while Argentina would need to win 3-0 against the Americans and hope the winless Kazakhs stun the European side. Defending Olympic champions China is on the cusp of returning to defend their crown after beating Germany in four sets at Beilun Gymnasium, Ningbo, in Pool B.

They won 25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 25-15 and are now set to face Turkey in a winner-takes-all clash. Turkey won in four against the Czech Republic, 25-15, 25-22, 21-25, 25-17. Russia and South Korea are also set for a straight showdown after winning their first two group games at DS Yantarny in Kaliningrad in Group E.

They both claimed shut-out wins – Russia defeated Canada 25-13, 25-21, 25-22, while Korea beat Mexico 25-21, 25-15, 26-24. Reigning world champions Serbia and Pool A hosts Poland also maintained their 100 percent records with wins at Hala Orbita in Wroclaw.

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Brazil qualify for women’s volleyball tournament at Tokyo 2020

Serbia comfortably beat Puerto Rico 25-14, 25-20, 25-16 and will be favorites against the Poles after they were pushed all the way by Thailand before squeezing through 25-23, 22-25, 26-28, 25-23, 15-11. Pool F at hosts PalaCatania will also see a winner-takes-all bout, with Italy and Netherlands facing off for a spot at the Olympics.

Italy crushed Belgium 25-17, 25-17, 25-16, while the Dutch were far too good for Kenya, winning 25-17, 25-10, 25-10. The six pool winners join hosts Japan at Tokyo 2020, with the other five places filled by continental qualifiers held in January.

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Niccolò Campriani desires for refugee athletes in Tokyo Olympic 2020 Games

Three-time Olympic sport shooting champion Niccolò Campriani has started an ambitious challenge of coaching a group of novice refugee athletes and helping them qualify for the Tokyo Olympic 2020 Games.

The Italian won the 50 meters rifle three positions Olympic gold medal at London 2012 and Rio 2016 where he also won the 10m air rifle gold medal. But he claims his latest challenge could be even tougher. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Rifle and Pistol can get Olympic Rifle and Pistol Tickets online.

Campriani retired as an athlete after his Rio 2016 heroics but his latest venture which will be documented by the Olympic Channel will target the minimum qualifying score for the refugee athletes as they seek a place at Tokyo 2020.

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At the time I struggled to come to terms with that gold and I donated the difference in prize money to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 

“That experience had a huge impact on me and made me think about how I could use my status as an Olympian and the network I had grown for a cause that I feel close to my heart.”

Campriani moved to Lausanne in 2017 to become the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) sports intelligence manager and presented his refugee project proposal to the local immigration office at the end of 2018.

He started interviewing candidates and out of a restricted group of local refugees he selected three people a man named Mahdi and two women Khaoula and Luna.

This weekend Campriani will take the trio into their first test at the Italian Shooting Championships in Bologna and he hopes his coaching efforts can inspire other Olympians to follow suit.

“I wanted to show that an Olympic champion has access to a unique network and can quickly raise funds when an athlete retires one of his biggest challenges is to find new goals and most of all a new purpose.”

The Florence-born shooter claimed his visits to Zambia reminded him not to feel sorry for the refugees but to give them a belief, a statement he is now using to help the athletes chase their Olympic dreams. 

Niccolò Campriani desires for refugee athletes in Tokyo Olympic 2020 Games
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Campriani said.  “This sport has taught me a lot about how to manage my emotions my fears and my instincts.”

Campriani took almost two years to achieve the minimum qualifying score for the Olympics but said the sporting outcome is secondary in the challenge’s aims.

Campriani said. “These guys train at the World Archery Excellence Centre in Lausanne they have only me as a reference they can’t compare themselves with other shooters.”

The journey of the three selected refugees is being documented by the Olympic Channel original series Taking Refuge Target Tokyo Summer Games 2020 due to being broadcast early next year.

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2020 Olympics- Volleyball ready for Olympic homecoming at Tokyo

Volleyball was first involved in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 1964 and settled its place in the hearts of the Japanese public when their women’s national team won Olympic gold and their men’s team achieved bronze. Known as the ‘Witches of the Orient’ for their mesmerizing presentations and more than two-thirds of the entire country watched the final of Japanese women’s team against the Soviet Union in 1964.  Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Volleyball Tickets online.

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2020 Olympics- Volleyball ready for Olympic homecoming at Tokyo

The Japanese men’s team reached the highpoint of the sport eight years later when they won gold at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games and in 1976 in Montreal, the women’s team as well returned to the top of the podium. Japan ranks as the fourth most successful Olympic volleyball nation with 3 gold 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Since its debut in 1964 volleyball has expanded to become one of the most popular sports at the Olympic Games. Volleyball and beach volleyball events entirely sold out the last two Olympic Games and according to the IOC Data report, volleyball was the number one sport by collected hours of spectators at Rio 2016.

The FIVB is looking to build on this triumph and there is no reason why volleyball and beach volleyball will not sell out once again in Tokyo. Volleyball remains one of Japan’s beloved sports. A recent national survey reported that 35% of people between Twelve and Twenty-one are looking forward to watching the sport more than any other in 2020.

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2020 Olympics- Volleyball ready for Olympic homecoming at Tokyo

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° said:
“There is a great historical connection between the FIVB and Japan and we want to celebrate that in Tokyo, It is a wonderful opportunity to connect our sport’s illustrious past with the exciting future that we are creating.”

In Tokyo national teams will play in the Ariake Arena, a brand new stadium purpose-built for the Olympic Games. As an enduring place, there are additional legacy benefits that the 12,000 seater stadium will provide to local residents and businesses. Aside from hosting volleyball, the Arena will be used for other sporting tournaments, concerts, and conventions. Beach volleyball matches will occur at the eye-catching Shiokaze Park on the Tokyo waterfront.

President Graça said:
“When the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee decided to invest in the Ariake Arena, it was a great day for the FIVB and Japanese volleyball, This state-of-the-art stadium will inspire the next generation of Japanese volleyball players, not just during the Games but for years to come.”

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Women’s volleyball set for the notable final day at Tokyo in Olympic 2020

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that the final day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will present the women’s volleyball final in what will be a notable day for the sport. It is the first time that women’s volleyball has been conceded such a coveted place on the Olympic competition schedule marking another milestone for the FIVB in its commitment to promoting gender equality in sport. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic 2020 Volleyball Tickets online.

In previous years, the men’s Olympic volleyball final has regularly presented as one of the last events of the Olympic Games. However, at Tokyo 2020 the men’s final will be held the night before the women’s on Saturday 8 August.

Women's volleyball set for the notable final day at Tokyo in Olympic 2020
Women’s volleyball set for the notable final day at Tokyo in Olympic 2020



The FIVB has been a vocal supporter for ensuring fairness between men and women’s volleyball and the governing body has now proposed a substituting schedule for future editions of the Games. If accepted the proposal would ensure that the men’s volleyball final would be played on the final Sunday of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, whilst at Los Angeles 2028, the women’s final would take place on the last day of the Games.

The move is another effort by the FIVB to ensure a complete gender balance across its sport. At the FIVB’s newest event – the Volleyball Nations League – athletes of both genders compete under the same conditions and rule formats, with equal prize money for both men and women.

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça Fᵒ said:
“Gender equality is a key priority and I am delighted that the women’s volleyball final will be one of the closing events at Tokyo 2020. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in the world and our athletes are role models for millions of fans and aspiring athletes globally. Women competing on an even platform with men only enhance this and the FIVB will continue to promote the incredible athleticism and skill of our female stars.”

Women's volleyball set for the notable final day at Tokyo in Olympic 2020
Women’s volleyball set for the notable final day at Tokyo in Olympic 2020


The volleyball competition of Olympic at Tokyo 2020 will take place at the 15,000-seat Ariake Arena. The pool stage of men will begin on 25 July with two medal matches scheduled for 8 August and the action of women will begin on 26 July Final on 9 August.

Eleven teams in each gender will unite in Japan for Olympic honors. The first 6 will appear from the intercontinental qualification tournaments, while the remaining five vacancies will be filled by the winners of the continental qualification tournaments. In Olympic 2020 the beach volleyball Olympic final of men will take place on the last day of the beach competition and in Paris four years later the women’s final would be the concluding match. 

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