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FIVB signs agreement for Men’s 2014 Volleyball World Championship to be hosted in Poland

FIVB Honorary Life President Dr. Rubén Acosta and FIVB President Jizhong Wei attend the media conference last Thursday with, from left, Marian Kmita, Miroslaw Blaszczyk, Miroslaw Drzewiecki and Miroslaw Przedpelski

Lausanne, September 8, 2008 – The FIVB is pleased to announce it has agreed a partnership deal for Poland to host the FIVB Men’s World Championship in 2014. “This will be the biggest and most beautiful sports event in the world, not only in Volleyball but throughout the whole sports family,” said FIVB Honorary Life President Dr. Rubén Acosta. “Poland – I’m sure about it – will make this Championship very special.”

Dr. Acosta and FIVB President Mr. Jizhong Wei agreed the deal in Warsaw last Thursday following negotiations with Polish Minister of Sport Mr. Miroslaw Drzewiecki, Mr. Miroslaw Blaszczyk, President of the Board of Administration of Polsat Television, Polsat Television Sports Department Director Mr. Marian Kmita and Polish Volleyball Federation President Mr. Miroslaw Przedpelski.

It will be the first time Poland has hosted an FIVB World Championship. The Polish Volleyball Federation said matches will be played in Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Katowice, Lodz and one more city to be determined.

Volleyball in Poland has enjoyed a huge surge in popularity over the last few years. The Polish Men’s team finished runners-up at the 2006 FIVB World Championships in Japan and a year later Katowice hosted one of the best-ever FIVB World League Final Rounds, with spectators filling out Spodek Hall night after night.

“I am convinced that the 2014 Men’s Senior World Championship will be a gorgeous tournament with perfect organisation and great Polish fans,” said FIVB President Wei. “We were all charmed by them during the 2007 World League Finals and I’m sure the atmosphere will be even more spectacular.”

Dr. Acosta said that the Preliminary Rounds for the 2014 World Championships will begin in 2012 with more than 215 National Federations set to take part, making the Polish Championships potentially the biggest sporting event in history in terms of competing countries.

The FIVB Men’s World Championship in 2010 will be hosted in Italy, while Japan will host its second successive Women’s World Championship the same year.

The Brazilian Men’s team and Russian Women’s team claimed the gold medals at the 2006 FIVB World Championships in Japan.

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