Poland have appeared in every edition of
the World Grand Prix since 2004. They finished in 15th place last year, some
way off their most successful finish of sixth in 2007 and 2010. The Poles were
at one time one of the top teams in the world. The team was founded in 1947 and
took Olympic bronze medals at Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968. They won a World
Championship silver in 1952 and claimed bronze medals in the competition in
1956 and 1962.
Fast forward and much has changed. Poland
has cracked the top eight in several tournaments in recent times but
consistency has been a problem. They have won gold medals twice since 2000. The
first was at the 2003 European Championship in Turkey when they beat the hosts
in straight sets to win the title. They successfully defended their title two
years later and also took bronze in 2009 on home soil.Their resurgence saw them
return to the Olympic stage in 2008, 30 years after their previous appearance.
Four years later they rallied to qualify again for the London 2012 Games.