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Karpol awarded national honour

Nikolay Karpol was awarded Russia's Hero of Labour award
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 26, 2018 – Nikolay Karpol has received one of Russia’s highest state awards after he was presented with the “Hero of Labour” award from Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin. 

Karpol, who will turn 80 on May 1, is one of the most successful coaches in volleyball. He led the USSR women’s team to gold at the Moscow 1980 and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) team to silver at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, and Russia to silver at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

He also coached the USSR to gold at the China 1990 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship, and Russia to bronze at the Brazil 1994, Japan 1998 and Germany 2002 World Championships. Karpol’s teams also won the 1997, 1999 and 2002 FIVB World Grand Prix and eight European Championships between 1977 and 2001. 

His success was recognised in 1989 and 1991 when he won the FIVB Coach of the Year award by the FIVB.

At the Award Ceremony President Putin said, “We have a lot of amazing, extraordinary people and the name of Nikolai Vasilyevich Karpol is probably known by people who have very little to do with sport. The most titled volleyball coach of the world, the most titled coach from Russia in any sport. 

“Nikolay Vasilyevich gave bright, unforgettable emotions to more than one generation of fans - he personifies the victory itself, and inspires confidence for fans of volleyball.”

Karpol matched his success with the national team as head coach of women’s club team Uralochka. Under his guidance they won 10 USSR championships and five European Cups. When the USSR broke up he led Uralochka to their Russian titles from 1992 to 2005. 
Later in his career he acted as an advisor to clubs in Croatia, Spain and Japan, then in 2009 he became Belarus head coach.

Karpol was Russian Volleyball Federation vice-president from 1995 to 2004. Before the latest honour he was awarded the “Honour Sign”, “The Country Distinguished Service Order”, the “Order of Friendship” medal, and the “Country Distinguished Service Award”, by the Soviet/Russian governments. 

The title of "Hero of Labour" in Russia was established in March 2013. It is awarded for outstanding results in state, public and economic activities, contribution to the country's social and economic development, including to the development of industry, agriculture, transport, construction, science, culture, education, health and other areas. 

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