Milan, Italy, September 25, 2010 – After an exceptional opening ceremony in Giorgio Strehler, Milan on Friday night, the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship is ready to go.
Bulgaria is making its 16th appearance in the FIVB Men’s World Championship, topping all countries, having missed only the 1960 event in Rio de Janeiro.
Bulgaria and the Czech Republic finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the FIVB Men’s World Championship 2010 Pool J qualification tournament in 2009 with Bulgaria having won their encounter in straight sets, and the countries will meet again on September 27th.
China and Czech Republic in Pool E opted to use only 12 players, while France and Bulgaria have selected 14 players.
A "flag relay" came to a close on Friday evening in front of the Palatrieste with the official flag of the FIVB Men’s World Championship 2010 being finally hoisted there in the presence of all FIVB officials and local authorities while an orchestra was playing the Italian national anthem. The very last "flag bearer" was Adriano Pavlica, a former Volleyball player who competed in the Italian first division in the 1970s, who was accompanied by local sport clubs members.
FIVB Men’s World Championship 2010 in numbers
1 Number of times Italy has previously hosted an FIVB Men’s World Championship (1978)
2 Female referees for the first time in an FIVB Men’s World Championship – Ms. Zorica Bjelic (SRB) in Pool E and Ms. Patricia Salvatore (USA) in Pool F
3 Number of editions Iran has previously played in the FIVB Men’s World Championship
4 Number of rounds in the FIVB Men’s World Championship 2010
5 Number of caps of the least experienced captain – Mohamed Ben Slimen (TUN)
6 Number of gold medals won by the Men’s World Championship most successful team – Russia
7 The shirt number of Giba (BRA), the player with the most number of World Championship matches (33)
8 Number of teams with 12 players
9 Number of countries from Europe participating
10 Number of host cities throughout the tournament
12 Number of Men’s World Championship medals won by the most successful team – Russia (Gold:6, Silver: 3, Bronze: 3)
12 Match days
15 Number of different countries who have won an FIVB Men’s World Championship medal
16 The number of editions played by Bulgaria, the most number by any country
17 The edition number of the FIVB Men’s World Championship 2010
17 The age of the youngest player in the competition – Wilfredo Leon (CUB), 17 years and 1 month
19 Age of Qingyao Dai (CHN) when he has his birthday on September 26
24 The number of countries participating
33 The number of matches played by Giba (BRA), the most experienced player in the 2010 Men’s World Championship
78 Highest set score in an FIVB Men’s World Championship (2006 – PUR-TUN)
109 Qualifying events
174 Height in cms of the shortest player in the competition – Qi Ren (CHN)
217 Height in cms of the tallest player in the competition – Dmitriy Muserskiy (RUS)
302 Number of players in the competition
404 Number of caps for the most experienced player, Benjamin Hardy (AUS)