Logo and host cities of FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 revealed
Warsaw, Poland, April 24, 2013 – The organising committee of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 presented the official logo and the host cities for the FIVB’s premier men’s volleyball tournament at the National Theatre in Warsaw on Wednesday.
The logo represents a cup inscribed in a volleyball. At the top is the Polish flag with the entire composition of the cup in gold. Katowice, Lodz, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Bydgoszcz and Krakow will host the 24 teams during which the attention of the whole sporting world will be focused on Poland from September 3 to 21.
“I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this significant success – government representatives, representatives of the host cities, Polsat TV, the FIVB and my colleagues from the Polish Volleyball Federation (PVF)," PVF President and FIVB Executive Vice-President Mr Miroslav Przedpelski said. “The FIVB Men’s World Championship is a unique opportunity to promote Poland and the Polish cities, their sport, touristic, cultural and economic values.”
“On behalf of the FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, we are very pleased that Poland has reached this significant step today, announcing the official logo and the key cities,” FIVB Executive Vice-President and Sports Events Council President Aleksandar Boricic said. “Poland has a great tradition in volleyball, so it is fitting for Poland to host the FIVB World Championships for either men or women for the first time. With Poland also hosting the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Stare Jablonki this year, it is really a high profile period for Polish volleyball.”
The name of the arenas in the six cities are:
- Hala Luczniczka (Bydgoszcz)
- Ergo Arena (Sopot/Gdansk)
- Spodek (Katowice)
- Atlas Arena (Lodz)
- Hala Czyzyny (Krakow)
- Hala Stulecia (Wroclaw)
With the Poland Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski, Minister of Sport Joanna Mucha, Olympic Committee President Andrzej Krasnicki in attendance, it was stated that the FIVB Men’s World Championship 2014 will consist of 96 matches with approximately one million tickets available for fans.
Poland men’s coach Andrea Anastasi together with national team players Pawel Woicki, Fabian Drzyzga, Karol Klos, Grzegorz Lomacz, Pawel Zatorski were also present at the ceremony.
"Winning a gold medal at the World Championships is very difficult," Anastasi, who won a World Championship title with Italy in 1990, said. "However, with Poland we are able to do much. For now, we focus on the first game against Brazil in the World League."
Poland has hosted the FIVB World League Finals in 2010, 2007 and 2001 in addition to age-group World Championships and the inaugural edition of the World Cup but despite the Polish men’s team having won the World Championship title in 1974 and finished second in 2006, at no stage have they hosted the key event.