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FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship
Doha, Qatar
15 - 21 December 2010



 Press Release
Twin world crowns at stake as women return

The coaches of the teams participating at the 2010 FIVB Club World Championships

Doha, Qatar, December 14, 2010 – With the General Technical Meeting in the splendid surrounds of the Ramada Plaza having set the tone for the stellar competition which will unfold in the next few days, we may recall the illustrious "alea iacta est" pronounced by Caesar to state that finally everything is ready for the start of the 2010 FIVB Club World Championships here in the state of Qatar.

Doha, and namely the Al-Gharafa sports hall, will be the venue for this world-class tournament starring representatives from every continent, all embarking – in the men's tournament at least – on their quest for a crown that was won last year by Italy’s Trentino BetClic. Yet what makes this a particularly special moment for the international Volleyball family is that besides the eight men's teams, the women's competition is being re-instated here after a 16-year break and six sides will vie for international supremacy.

Mr. Aleksandar Boricic, FIVB Executive Vice President and President of the Control Committee, chaired the Technical Meeting that was attended by all 14 participating teams even though some – namely those from Europe â€“ had only a few delegates on site as they are still descending on Qatar after completing their last games in the CEV Champions League. The President of the Qatar Volleyball Association, Mr. Khalid Ali Al-Mawlawi, gave a warm address in which he re-asserted the intention of the local organisers to turn this championship into a splendid and first-class Volleyball festival.

Right after the Technical Meeting, a press conference was staged at the Ramada Plaza Hotel with all coaches being invited to express their feelings and expectations before they start their quest for glory. "We have been devoting a lot of attention to preparing for this competition," Adel Mohmed, the Algerian-born trainer of Al-Arabi Doha, said. "We play at home and we feel the responsibility to produce a good performance for our fans. Most of my players competed at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, but after they came back from China we started our training and have been working very hard for the past 15 days."

The Qataris will join a preliminary Pool A containing Al-Ahly from Egypt, Iran's Paykan and Poland's star-studded PGE Skra Belchatow. The Egyptians are playing at the tournament for the first time after Zamalek – their great domestic rivals – represented Africa in Doha last year. Coach Ibrahim Fakhreldin did not hide his pride at being part of this elite family but also recalled the long and much decorated history of his club, whose roster includes Australian Shane Alexander.

Jacek Nawrocki, the coach of PGE Skra, travelled to Doha after seeing his side record an impressive series of wins both in the CEV Champions League and their own national competition. However, this was not a guarantee of success here, he warned.

"I really want my players to forget what they have done so far because this is a completely different tournament and story," Nawrocki said. "Last year we finished second and certainly our ambition is to make it once again to the final game." The Poles will play their first game on Thursday against Paykan, the young Iranian side making their second appearance in a row at the Club World Championships.

Pool B will feature two real powerhouses in defending champions Trentino BetClic of Italy and Russia's Dynamo Moscow. Both teams are still on their way to Doha after securing victories in their latest European games but the general manager for the Italian club, Riccardo Michieletto,waiting for his team to show up, said he would love to enjoy a tournament similar to last year's, and, if possible, to end it with the crown still in Trentino's hands.

Drean Bolivar of Argentina are representing South America in the competition and coach Javier Weber was more than happy to be here with his young team. "We are honoured to be part of this competition," he said on Tuesday. "I have a young team but most of my players are involved in the Argentine national team whose progress has been evident in the past few years, so we are here to test our ambitions and go for a good campaign."

The starting field is completed by USA's Paul Mitchell, whose coach Gary Sato praised the decision of NORCECA to choose his side to represent their region in Doha. "We are extremely pleased to be here, my team is young but nevertheless we'll be giving our best on court," he said.

With the women's competition restored after 16 years, six teams will compete for the crown. Italy's Foppapedretti Bergamo and Turkey's Fenerbahce will fancy their chances of claiming the trophy after they dominated the last edition of the CEV Champions League. However, South American representatives Sollys Osasco will be tough opponents and arrive in Qatar with some of the most accomplished members of the Brazil national team, including Jaqueline and Natalia.

Three more teams representing Asia, Africa and NORCECA will also test their worth here in Doha – Thailand's Federbrau, Mirador of the Dominican Republic and a Kenya Prisons side, whose coach, David Lungaho, said his young players would "try to learn as much as possible from this experience and any set won will be a bonus". Mirador coach Marcos Kwiek added: "It is a real honour to be here and compete at the Club World Championship after 16 years have passed since the last edition. We'll do our best to represent our confederation here."

 

  
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