The eight teams that will be competing next January in Berlin are Germany as hosts of the Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament plus seven more as per the latest European Ranking, i.e. Russia, Bulgaria, Poland , Serbia, France, Finland and Belgium.
New CEV Ranking after European Championship 2015:
1. Russia 330 points
2. Italy 326 – already qualified
3. Bulgaria 320
4. Poland 318
4. Germany 318
6. Serbia 316
7. France 296
8. Finland 264
9. Belgium 262
10. Slovenia 260…
The eventual winners of the Olympic qualifier in Berlin will book their ticket to Rio 2016 whilst the runners-up and the third-placed team will continue to chase their Olympic dream at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament which is due to follow in May 2016 and will be taking place in Japan.
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