#RoadToTokyo: Photo finish in South America – Venezuela go to Olympics!
Venezuela have progressed to the 2020 Tokyo Games thanks to their victory over Peru, but also to a combination of results on the last day of the South American Volleyball Olympic Qualifier in Santiago, Chile.
A defeat on Saturday in 5 sets against Colombia had left Venezuela depending not only on their results in the last round. They did their share by beating Peru 3-0 (25:19, 25:16, 25:16). Luis Arias was the top scorer for Venezuela with 17 points, including 4 winning blocks, while Eduardo Romay scored 14 for Peru.
This match was followed by a clash of the teams whose hopes for participating at the Tokyo Olympics were alive prior to Venezuela’s victory. Actually, in these circumstances, only Colombia had a chance to go to the Japanese capital but the hosts played for the honor and prevailed in four sets (25:22, 22:25, 25:21, 25:19), sending Venezuela to Tokyo.
This will be the 2nd appearance of the Volleyball Team of Venezuela in the Olympics, the first was in the 2008 Beijing Games.
2020 South American Volleyball Olympic Qualifier – Round 3
Venezuela – Peru 3-0 (25:19, 25:16, 25:16)
Source and photo: volleyball.coqt.2020.fivb.com