Italian volleyball legend Lorenzo Bernardi to attend World Championship DOL in Warsaw
The Drawing of Lots coming up on Monday evening at the Palace of Culture and Science in Poland’s capital city will set the tone for the Championship scheduled to take place from August 30 through September 21.
Bernardi – the head coach of Polish club Jastrzebski Wegiel – will be joined by 2000 Olympic champion and Serbian volleyball legend Vladimir Grbic as well as by Poland’s Tomasz Wojtowicz, a member of the red-and-white national team that won gold at the 1974 World Championship in Mexico as well as the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
“I am very proud to be part of the ceremony. This year’s Men’s World Championship will be one of the biggest sporting events to have ever taken place in Poland,” Bernardi says. “It is a great thing that the tournament will be held in this country where volleyball is so popular right now; our sport has turned into some kind of a religion for Polish people. I am sure that the matches will be attended by a large audience and that many fans will come also from abroad,” adds the mentor of the team that just qualified to the Playoffs 6 of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League to play there their compatriots of Asseco Resovia Rzescow.
The Drawing of Lots will be attended by FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°. “I am convinced that the atmosphere during the ceremony will be great and that everyone will be just thrilled,” Bernardi – who won the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship twice, in 1990 and 1994 – predicts.
“Nobody can take away what we achieved with that glorious Italian team; these are memories that will stay with us forever. I still have memories from these days and could easily recount what all happened there as if it was yesterday,” he concludes.