U.S. Men's Sitting Team to Host Paralympic Qualifier

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Oct. 17, 2019, 1:35 p.m. (ET)

Zach Upp hitting against Canada in 2019
Zach Upp and the U.S. Men's Sitting Team taking on Canada in May 2019 in an exhibition series in Columbus, Ohio

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 17, 2019) - World ParaVolley and USA Volleyball are pleased to announce that the Tokyo 2020 Men’s Final Paralympic Qualification Tournament will be held March 16-21 in Edmond, Oklahoma. Matches will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wellness Center.

The tournament winner earns the last of eight berths into the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team will be hoping to utilize the home-soil advantage to once again qualify for a Paralympic Games following its participation in the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016 where they finished in eighth place.

The tournament is open to all World ParaVolley member men’s teams that have not already qualified for Tokyo 2020. The tournament field is expected to have a maximum of eight teams with entry deadline being Jan. 10, 2020.

World ParaVolley President Barry Couzner OAM said: “We are looking forward to USA Volleyball hosting this important event since the Organization has a history of delivering top quality events for the Sitting Volleyball athletes of the world, including back in 2010 when they hosted the largest Sitting Volleyball World Championships ever at that point”

USA Volleyball Sitting National Teams Program Director Bill Hamiter said: “USA Volleyball is honored to host the Tokyo 2020 Men’s Paralympic Qualification Tournament and be a part of the road to Tokyo for the Paralympic Games. It will be great to showcase a world-class event in the Edmond-Oklahoma City communities where our national team trains. We expect a competitive event with every team striving to gain the final berth into the Paralympic Games.”

Contact:
Phil Allen, World ParaVolleyball General Manager, generalmanager@worldparavolley.org
Bill Kauffman, USA Volleyball Senior Manager of Communications, bill.kauffman@usav.org