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Once the 2019 National Teams' season ended, the International Volleyball Federation announced the world rankings in both genders. The Men's National Team climbed a place to position sixth, while Las Panteras maintained their 11th place. In the case of Marcelo Méndez's team, it means a first approach to what will be their rivals in the Olympic Games.

Undoubtedly, the points obtained in the World Cup were important, especially in the male case, where Argentina got 50 units, several more than other direct rivals in the Top 10 ranking. In this way it managed to take the sixth place with a total of 161 points in a ranking that is led by Brazil, then followed by the United States, Poland, Italy and Russia.

In the case of Las Panteras, and after the first season under Hernan Ferraro's orders, the ladies held their 11th place with 83 points. At the top is China, followed by the United States and Serbia - which fell two places. Behind is Brazil, the only South American team in the Top 10.

Beyond the place in the ranking, of utmost importance considering that they only count international competitions, its position is used to determine which teams participate in certain competitions as well as their initial position in the pool phase of said tournaments. The current World Ranking considers the last Olympic Games, the World Cup, the 2018 World Championships and the results of the World League and the Grand Prix 2017.

Looking ahead to the Olympic Games and having seven qualified teams per side confirmed for Tokyo, some rivals for the first stage can already be elucidated. According to the serpentine system, and Japan being on Pool A for being the host, the Argentine National Team will be part of Pool B together with Brazil, the United States and Russia, waiting to know the rest of the teams, that will be known on the Continental Qualifiers.

From January 7 to 9, Las Panteras will seek their place in Tokyo in the Olympic Qualifier in Manizales, Colombia, where they will face the host, Venezuela and Peru.