Egypt, who first took part in the FIVB World League in 2006, returned to the competition after a fouryear absence in 2015 and will be making their third consecutive appearance this year. The African powerhouse immediately topped Group 3 with a five-set win over Montenegro in the group final in Bratislava, Slovakia gaining promotion to Group 2. They finished seventh in their group and 20th overall in 2016. Egypt’s best performances in the World League remain 13th place for three years running from 2006. At No. 12, Egypt are the highest-ranked African country in the FIVB World Ranking.
They ended 21st at the 2014 FIVB World Championship in Poland, after taking two points in five-set matches against Bulgaria and Mexico. Their highest finish in seven previous attempts was 13th place in Italy four years earlier. Winners of the last six African Championships and eight overall, Egypt’s other continental achievements include five gold medals at the All-Africa Games.
Egypt qualified for Rio 2016 for their fifth Olympic appearance, ranking ninth which is their best finish in the history of the competition.