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Legendary coach Karpol visits FIVB

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° with Nikolay Karpol (second from right) and FIVB 1st Executive Vice President Mr Cristobal Marte Hoffiz (right) and FIVB Executive Vice President Mr Aleksandar Boricic

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 3, 2013 – Russian coaching legend Nikolay Karpol met FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° at the federation’s headquarters in Lausanne on Tuesday.

Over the course of the afternoon the two men had the opportunity to discuss a range of issues including volleyball development and the role of coaches in the sport.

President Graça praised the Olympic coach calling him the most ‘significant figure in volleyball’ in recent history.

Indeed at 75, Nikolai Karpol is one of the most experienced international coaches in volleyball. Following a four-year stint from 1979-82 Karpol, who took over as coach of the national Russian women’s team for a second time in 1988, kept Russia at the top of women’s volleyball for the best part of the last two decades with astonishing success.

Known worldwide for his colourful courtside manner, Karpol’s has demanded nothing less than the best from his players.

These high standards have seen Russia claim gold medals at the 1980 and 1988 Olympics, another gold at the 1990 World Championship, World Grand Prix titles in 1997, 1999 and 2002, the World Grand Champions Cup in 1997 and European Championship titles in 1979, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001.

This stunning record of achievement has been recognised by the FIVB on a number of occasions with his naming as the FIVB Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1991 and the best coach of the 1990 World Championship.

Although he retired from the Russian women’s national team after the 2004 Olympic Games, Karpol still coaches Volleyball Club Uralochka NTMK Ekaterinburg. The women’s volleyball club, which was founded in 1967, was national champion 25 times in total, including a series of 20 consecutive championship wins since 1986.

VC Uralochka NTMK Ekaterinburg are currently playing in the 2014 CEV Volleyball Cup and will meet Swiss team Volley Köniz in Bern on Wednesday.

In his meeting with Dr. Graça, Karpol encouraged the FIVB President to build on the work that is being done with coaches within the organisation, in particular to put in place more regular informal meetings among coaches worldwide so that there can be more sharing of information and experiences.

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