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FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship
Doha, Qatar
3-8 November 2009



 Press Release
New Golden Formula attracts the media

Paykan of Iran trained for three months to get accustomed to the Golden Formula
Doha, Qatar, November 2, 2009- The new rule carrying the name of  “Golden Formula” which will be applied for the first time during the 2009 Men’s Club World Championship to start in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday is attracting a lot of attention from the media covering the competition and who are expecting many exciting matches for the spectators.

The new rule requires that the first attack of each team after the opponent’s service begins from the back row, in an attempt to produce longer rallies.

Daily newspapers in Qatar media have fully covered the new system and hoping that the Golden Formula will contribute to the total success of the tournament.

The “Golden Formula” represents a new ambition from the Volleyball governing body - the FIVB - to maintain the attraction of the sport for fans all over the world. When the FIVB made the historic change regarding the introduction of the Libero position and the rally point system nobody expected these two changes to be so successful. Now the international Volleyball family is hoping for similar success with the application of the “Golden Formula” for the first time here in the Club World Championships in Doha.

Meanwhile, the coaches of the eight participating teams have prepared for the application of the new rule but have all said that they need more time in order to fully prepare.

The Bulgarian coach of the European champion Trentino Betclic (Italy) said that his team needed more time to use the “Golden Formula” on a professional level because his team was busy with the local league and has not enough time to train for it, although he added that  the experience of the players would help them to quickly  get used to the new rule.

Although Paykan of Iran is the best prepared team in terms of the application of the rule, head coach Alireza Moameri stated that its use during official matches is completely different. “For teams with professional players like those present here, it is easier to apply the new project than the less developed standards and we will see how the players will react.”

African representative, Zamalek, has undergone special training at a camp in Russia in order to be able to to apply the new system, where it played four friendly matches. “We had more than seven players in the Egyptian national team in our squad and those stars are able to apply the new rule. However, we need more time because we put our squad together relatively recently due to the other commitments of the national team players for five successive months,” said the coach Ahmed Moustafa, who won both the Egyptian League and the African Club Championship last season with the team.

Skra Belchatow head coach Jacek Nawrocki has had a very short time to practice the new system because his team played four strong matches in their Polish League (PlusLiga). “We needed to have more space in the calendar to prepare for such a competition with the new rule, but I think it is the same for most of the teams.” 
  
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