Volleyball celebrates 40 years at the Olympics
Greece, August 13, 2004 – When the Volleyball
competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens
officially begins on Saturday, Volleyball will
again be celebrated around the world. With 12
men’s and 12 women’s teams facing off in the
race for gold all eyes will be on the top teams
from Brazil, China, Italy, Serbia and Montenegro,
USA and Cuba among others. But for FIVB
Executive Vice-President Mr. Yuri Chesnokov he
will be tracking one team in particular – the
men’s team from his native Russia.
More Pic: A photo of the
Russian men's team who won the first Volleyball
gold medal in Tokyo, 1964
MONTALI (ITA) : "We play as a team"
August 13 – Since coaching the Volleyball team
Olympiakos Piraeus to the Greek Championship in
1997, Gianpaolo MONTALI's (ITA) dream in life
was to participate in the Athens Olympic Games
and win a medal. MONTALI arrives as head coach
of the Italian men's Volleyball team, who are
the 2003 European champions and silver
medallists in the 2003 World Cup, and 2004 World
MONTALI believes that the task of leading his
team to the podium will be difficult but not
impossible. "We do not have a team for the gold
medal but of course we will try. We participate
in a very difficult group and of course there
are other teams more powerful," said MONTALI. "Brazil
and Russia for example are the big favorites to
win the tournament. We are not. But of course we
were not the favorites in the European
Championship which we finally won. We have a
strong advantage, you see, because we play as a
Italy play their first match of the Olympic
Volleyball Tournament on Sunday against the USA
at 21:30 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.
Pic: Gianpaolo Montali has achieved some
good results with Italy
LIMA (BRA) and GIANI (ITA) make fifth Olympic
ATHENS, 13 August – Mauricio LIMA of Brazil and
Andrea GIANI of Italy are the only Volleyball
players who will make their fifth Olympic
appearance at the Athens Olympic Games. Their
parallel Olympic careers began at the 1988 Seoul
Games and will likely end in Athens.
LIMA’s greatest moment was in 1992, when Brazil
took the gold medal at the Barcelona Games.
GIANI has a silver medal from the 1996 Atlanta
Games and a bronze from Sydney.
Brazil and Italy are among the favorites for the
gold medal in Athens.
Pic: Brazil's Mauricio Lima will be playing in
his fifth Olympics
Referees to retire after Athens
ATHENS, 13 August – The Athens Olympic
Volleyball Tournament will be the last for
referees Jarmo SALONEN of Finland and Ryszard
DIETRICH of Poland because both have reached the
age limit of 55 imposed by the FIVB.
The Athens Games will be the third Olympic
appearance for SALONEN, who refereed seven
matches at the 2000 Sydney Games and 11 matches
in Atlanta, including the China-Cuba women's
DIETRICH has not previously refereed at the
Volleyball: SCHUIL (NED) confident of making
ATHENS, 12 August - Dutch men's Volleyball star
Richard SCHUIL believes his team will make the
quarterfinals despite being drawn in a very
The 1996 Olympic Games champions meet reigning
world champions Brazil, Sydney Olympic Games
silver medallists Russia, Sydney bronze
medallists Italy, the USA and Australia in Pool
"Our main target, as always, is to win every
game if this is possible, but of course in such
a competition you never know," said SCHUIL, a
member of the victorious Dutch team in Atlanta.
"We have a very tough pool and we have to try
very hard in every single game. But we also have
a very good team and it's up to us to win all
The Dutch lost 2-1 against reigning Olympic
champions Serbia & Montenegro in a practice game
at the Peace and Friendship Stadium today. They
open their campaign against Russia at the same
venue on Sunday, 15 August.
Volleyball Men: MILINKOVIC weary on Argentina's chances
ATHENS, 12 August – Argentinean star Marcos
MILINKOVIC completed training with the national
team today in the Peace & Friendship Stadium.
The South Americans reached the semifinals at
the 2000 Olympics but this time the star spiker
is uncertain of Argentina's chances. "I really
do not know if we will make it this time. We had
many difficulties over the previous two years
when we did not participate in the major events
and it was very difficult to find our way again.
The first two matches will show what we can do
in the competition."
On who the favourites in their group are: "I
believe Serbia/Montenegro is the only too
powerful team. They are undoubtedly favourites
to qualify for the final rounds. Greece,
Argentina, Poland and France will fight for the
other three places in the quarterfinals."
Pic: The incredible sight of inside the Peace
and Friendship Stadium where teams are carrying
out pre-tournament training
Brazilian men and women aim for podium
ATHENS, 11 August – Brazil is aiming to put both
its women's and men's Volleyball teams on the
podium, said Erica COIMBRA after practising with
the Brazilian women's team for the first time at
the Peace and Friendship Stadium today.
"We are here for a medal," she said. "China, the
U.S., Russia and Cuba are also very powerful.
Brazil is ready and capable of having both men's
and women's teams on the podium."
Added head coach Jose GUIMARAES: "We will try to
be on the podium, to get a medal whatever colour
it will have. I hope to do that together with
the men’ s team."
The Brazilian women's team is coming off victory
at the 2004 World Grand Prix in Italy last month
after beating the hosts in the final, while the
men's team won the 2004 World League, also
beating Italy in the final.
Pic: The Brazilian men's team carry out
training at the Peace and Friendship Stadium
MUREK (POL) hopes for good showing
12 August – Poland was the first Men’s
Volleyball team to practise on Thursday morning
at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, venue for
the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Volleyball
competition. Dawid MUREK, a well-known player to
Greek Volleyball fans having played for
Panathinaikos, looked forward to the Olympic
"The Athens Olympic Games is a very important
event for us," he said. "We qualified through
the tournament of Portugal, which was a very
tough Volleyball competition.
"We are here to do something good for our
country. We are practising very hard for the
first match against Serbia and Montenegro and
then we will see what will happen.
"Greece is a very strong team, it has changed a
lot after adding Antrej KRAVARIK. The Greeks can
qualify for the semifinals, but for our team
something like that will be very difficult."
The Athens 2004 Olympic Games Volleyball
competition begins on Saturday, 14 August at
Poland play Serbia and Montenegro on Sunday, 15
August at 09:00.
Brazil never absent from the Olympic
ATHENS, 12 August – Brazil is the only Men’s
team that has appeared in all 10 Olympic
tournaments since the debut of the sport at the
Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964.
The 2004 Olympic Games Tournament will be the
11th time that the Brazilian Men’s Volleyball
team will be represented at the Olympic Games.
Brazil's best result came at the Barcelona Games
in 1992, when it defeated the Netherlands 3-0 to
take the gold medal.
Brilliant success for the Mexican heading up
the world’s leading sports federation in terms
of National Federations and licensed players
Athens, 10 August 2004 – The FIVB leadership,
which met recently at the organization’s
headquarters in Lausanne, took advantage of the
upcoming Olympic Games in Athens to take a close
look at the development of Volleyball and Beach
Pic: Dr. Rubén Acosta, FIVB President
FIVB President predicts best ever Olympic tournaments
August 8th 2004 - FIVB President Dr. Ruben
Acosta today in Athens predicted the best ever
Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Olympic
tournaments and congratulated the Athens
Organising Committee for the excellent
facilities and preparations. These will be the
eleventh Olympic Volleyball and third Beach
Medal Awards at Sydney 2000
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