Japan won gold at volleyball’s debut at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964, before winning again in 1976. The two golds were split by two silver medals at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics. For Algeria, London will be only their second appearance at the Olympic Games after finishing 11th in 2008.
The men’s competition will start the following day with hosts Great Britain – participating in volleyball at the Olympics for the first time – playing world No. 9 Bulgaria, who have featured seven times previously in the Olympics with a 1980 silver their sole medal reward.
“We are pleased to announce the schedule for the volleyball competition at the London Olympic Games,” FIVB President Jizhong Wei said. “Following the exciting qualification process we concluded earlier this month we can now confirm the timing of the exciting match ups ahead.”
London 2012 Director of Sport, Debbie Jevans said: “Everything is set for the London 2012 volleyball competition. The schedule has been announced by the FIVB and we look forward to both welcoming the teams and watching some exciting matches which will comprise the best players in the world.”
Defending women’s champions Brazil will open their campaign against Olympic debutants Turkey in the last match of the opening day at 22:00. A repeat of the women’s 2008 Olympic final between Brazil and USA will take place on July 30 at 16:45.
In the men’s competition, Beijing winners USA will take on 2000 champions Serbia – in a repeat of the 2008 quarterfinal which USA won in five sets – in their opening game at 16:45 on July 29. Their match against Brazil, which will replicate the 2008 final, will happen on August 2 at 20:00.
During pool play, there are a total of six games per day broken into three sessions of two matches with women’s and men’s competition alternating one day to the other. Match times are 09:30, 11:30, 14:45, 16:45, 20:00 and 22:00 with the quarterfinals due to take place on August 7 and 8, followed by the semifinals on August 9 and 10 with the finals being held on August 11 and 12.