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Volleyball chiefs concerned by lack of Team GB involvement

The president of the European Volleyball Confederation calls for urgent action to get a Team GB side competing at major events, such as Baku 2015, in the near future.

The president of the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) has revealed that top brass are working on a solution to get Great Britain competing at major events again.

Team GB's volleyball side disbanded after the 2012 Olympic Games on home soil, meaning that not one of the 160 British athletes at this year's European Games will be taking part in the sport.

CEV chief Andre Mayer believes that developing the standard of volleyball players in Britain should now be considered an urgent matter.

"[The International Volleyball Federation] would like to find a solution to keep and develop volleyball in England by giving them the opportunity, but the problem is the level of the players," he told reporters.

"The national championship is quite weak, we have to do something. Three years ago, we had an excellent top competition in London and if we see the legacy, it's not what we expected. We are discussing because for us it's a very important matter."

Government funding was cut following London 2012, with those who competed at the showpiece event for Britain going their separate ways.

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Tuesday's key events


TRIATHLON
· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

TAEKWONDO
· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
· Mahama Cho is another medal contender for Team GB in the men's +80kg class (2am-2.30pm)

SWIMMING
· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

DIVING
· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is part of a Team GB team going for gold in the dressage team Grand Prix final (9.30am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Superstar Simone Biles leads the United States side in the women's team final (11.45am-2.10pm)

FOOTBALL
· Team GB's women's team play their final group game, taking on Canada with qualification for the knockout rounds already secured (12pm)

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