I totally agree and I was in the way to write the same.
It has been quite surprising FIVB hasnt updated its ranking since last year. But then I realize nothing is just a mere "surprise" in the FIVB.
It looks they are trying to set the ranking points in order to help some teams in order to get an "easier" path to Tokyo 2020. I guess we already know which are the teams which are apples of FIVB's eye.
And then if we add that the Continental Olympic Qualification Tournment will be the last chance to qualify to the Olympics...
Exactly this. Japan, Poland, Brazil, Italy and Russia are fundamental parts of the business of volleyball TV rights. I'm sure that in one way or another we will see the rankings calculated in a way to create easier groups for the big ones.