The eight participating teams in the continental Olympic Qualifications were seeded according to their position in the latest CEV ranking list (men and women) which was released earlier this week for men and at the beginning of October for women.
The winners of these qualifiers will book their ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympics while the runners-up and third-placed teams will go to the World Qualifier in May/June 2016.
The eight participating teams were split into two pools of four each as follows:
Men (Qualification tournament in Berlin, January 5-10)
Pool A: Germany (the hosts), Poland, Serbia, Belgium
Pool B: Russia, Bulgaria, France, Finland
Women (Qualification tournament in Ankara, January 4-9):
Pool A: Turkey (the hosts), Germany, The Netherlands, Croatia
Pool B: Russia, Italy, Belgium, Poland
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