The two African volleyball representatives at the 2020 Olympics — Tunisia and Kenya — will serve off their men and women’s competitions against Brazil and Japan respectively.
Tunisia who will fly the men’s Africa team will step to the court on day two at the newly constructed Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan, a day before Kenya, the reigning female African Games champions take on Japan.
The 2020 Olympics will run from July 24 to August 9 as volleyball returns to the place where it made its Olympic debut in 1964.
Interestingly, for the first time in history the competition the volleyball event will conclude with the women’s final, on Sunday, August 9, just a few hours ahead of the Tokyo 2020 closing ceremony and one day after the men’s gold is decided.
The preliminary round matches will be held on alternate days for men and women, each day including six matches in three sessions of two.
Action begins with the men’s competition on Saturday, July 25, as Rio 2016 silver medalists Italy take on Canada at 9.00 local time (0.00 GMT) before Tunisia welcome the defending champions.
Tunisia will then face off with France after two days’ rest, then take on four-time Olympic champions United States on July 29.
The North Africans will then welcome Argentina on July 31 before winding their preliminary competition with another tough test against Russia on August 2
The preliminary round in the men’s tournament concludes on Sunday, August 2 followed by quarterfinals on Tuesday, August 4 and semi-finals on Thursday, August 6.
The medals matches are scheduled for August 8, starting at 13.30 local time (4.30 GMT) for the bronze medal match and at 21.15 (12.15 GMT) for the gold medal match.
The order of quarter-finals and semi-finals will be defined following the conclusion of the preliminary round and quarter-finals respectively, to ensure the maximum audience for the athletes and the sports in the different territories broadcasting the Olympic Games.
But Kenya will face the wrath of local fans early on when they take on Japan on July 26, then a clash against Korea two days later.
Paul Bitok girls will then face off with Serbia (28), Dominican Republic on August 1 with a final pool match against Brazil set for August 3.
The women’s tournament begins on July 26 with first serve at 9.00 local time (0.00 GMT) when Russia take on Italy.
Defending champions China play their first game at 16.25 (7.25 GMT) against Turkey.
The preliminary round in the women’s tournament concludes on August 3, followed by quarter-finals on August 5 and semifinals on August 7.
The medals matches are scheduled for August 9, starting at 9.00 local time (0.00 GMT) for the bronze and at 13.30 (4.30 GMT) for the gold.
Kenya Vs Japan (26/7/2020)
Kenya v Korea (28/7/2020)
Kenya v Serbia (30/7/2020)
Kenya v Dominican Republic (1/8/2020)
Kenya v Brazil (3/8/2020)
Tunisia Vs Brazil (25/7/2020)
Tunisia Vs France (27/7/2020)
Tunisia Vs USA (29/7/2020)
Tunisia Vs Argentina (31/8/2020)
Tunisia Vs Russia (2/8/2020)