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World champions hosted by Russian President

Russia President Dmitry Medvedev with the 2010 women’s world Volleyball champions Russia
Moscow, Russia, November 19, 2010 – The 2010 women’s world Volleyball champions Russia were hosted at an official government reception in Moscow on Wednesday where the country’s president Dmitry Medvedev personally congratulated the team for winning the FIVB Women’s World Championship Japan 2010.

Russia beat Brazil in an outstanding final 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 15-11) on November 14 to successfully defend their title having also beaten Brazil in the 2006 final. The victory was Russia’s seventh title and 13th medal overall since the first edition in 1952 to consolidate their position as the women’s Volleyball most successful nation.

President Medvedev had earlier congratulated the team immediately following the victory with a personal message.

“It makes me happy to congratulate you on your triumphant performance at the [FIVB Women’s] World Championship in Japan,” the message read. “You won this victory through hard struggle, and displayed true team spirit, excellent sports skills, and strength of character in the final game against the Olympic champion team from Brazil. You defended your champion’s title and once again confirmed the high level of Russia’s Volleyball school. I wish you new achievements and all the very best.”

Prime minister Vladimir Putin also personally congratulated the team.

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