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Three-time Olympian Ignaczak to reinforce London's Polonia

Three time Olympian and world champion Krzysztof Ignaczak comes out of retirement to join London's Polonia in the English League.
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 11, 2017 - In what has been dubbed 'volleyball transfer of the century in England' Polonia Volleyball of London have signed on three-time Olympian and 2014 FIVB World Championship gold medallist Krzysztof Ignaczak, the club officially announced today.

"I had already retired, but thanks to President [Bartek] Luszcz amongst others, I have decided to return to training," said the 38-year-old former libero of the Polish National Team. "The work that the players and back-room staff have carried out at IBB Polonia London deserves to be recognised. The guys train hard, and for the love of the sport are building something phenomenal in England; a country where our sport isn't very popular. I want to support them in the only way I know how: I think a team can be built in London that can win European trophies. I had always wanted to play overseas, and now I have the opportunity."

Earlier this season Polonia had made history when they eliminated Hungary's Fino Kapsovar in a golden set to qualify to the Round of 8 in the European Challenge Cup. Although based in London, they actually played their historical winning match (and subsequent golden set) in the Polish city of Belchatow. Polonia also beat Draisma Dynamo Apeldoorn of The Netherlands 3-2 in the return leg of their next round match at Crystal Palace, but having lost in four sets away were knocked out.

Ignaczak, who is expected to play as a receiving attacker, will arrive in London at the start of next month to meet the team and to prepare for the semifinals of the English Championships on 22 and 23 April, where Polonia will be defending their title.

Ignaczak has played for various clubs in his native Poland but his defining moments were with Asseco Resovia Rzeszow, with which he won a European Champions League title in 2015.

With the National Team he has been named Best Libero in the 2011 and 2012 FIVB World Leagues. He was best receiver according to the official statistics at the London 2012 Olympic Games - his third Olympics after Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

Polonia's history, centred around the huge Polish community in London, stretches back to 1973, when a team under the name 'Polish YMCA' entered Division 3 of the English National League. Since then, the club had become one of the most long-lived and successful sides in English volleyball, consistantly finishing within the top four places in the League and winning numerous titles.

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