FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship 2014

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FIVB President salutes Polish passion

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° was pleased to return to Poland having previously visited the country as a volleyball player

Warsaw, Poland, January 27, 2014 – FIVB President Dr Ary. S. Graça F° congratulated the host country of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 for its volleyball tradition and passion as he opened the Drawing of Lots ceremony at Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science on Monday.

“It is truly a pleasure to be standing here in this beautiful city of Warsaw for the Drawing of Lots for the 17th FIVB Men’s World Championship,” Dr Graca said. “I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to bring together this evening‘s spectacular event. Tonight you will see why Poland was the perfect choice to host this year’s FIVB Men’s World Championship.

“Poland has a strong volleyball tradition and I know that the organisers will make sure that this year’s event will be one that the players and volleyball fans all around the world will remember for many years to come.

“I am happy that once again I am in Poland. As a player I played many times against the Polish team but never won even a set. Now I can be in Poland as a representative of the International Volleyball Federation.”

Polish Volleyball Federation President Miroslaw Przedpe?ski praised the volleyball fans of Poland, who he said will be the difference in making the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 a huge success.

“This is the moment I have been waiting for years, the emotion is immense. It is a very solemn and interesting moment but for Polish volleyball it is a very sublime moment. This event has become a national event. I am very happy because of that. With partners such as host broadcast Polsat and the organizers of the host cities, who are very much involved in the activities, it will be a superb event which encapsulates the country.

Deputy Minister of Sport and Tourism Thomas Pó?grabski: “History comes full circle. Forty years ago, Polish volleyball players won the gold medal. The Polish government is proud of the fact that we have the opportunity to organize such a large event. I hope our players will give us the reasons why we enjoy not only the achievements but also the organizing of sports. Following the EURO 2012 we are now known as smart and efficient and we proved to be a modern country that can handle such a big challenge as the European Championship or World Cup. I hope that through this event, the world will perceive us as open-minded people, great playing with and loving volleyball.”

Polsat TV President Miroslaw Blaszczyk: “Poland loves volleyball, we love it and I think this is how we can operate. The fans will help us, the world will see the true Poland and its great volleyball passion. It will certainly be a great sporting spectacle. We will show not only matches, as well as the entire background, or conversations with activists and fighters. We hope that our team will rise to the task. We are proud to be able to broadcast the World Championships. For more than a decade we have been broadcasting volleyball. These World Championships will be remembered by everyone.

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