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Men’s World Championship promoted in Moscow

The FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014 was presented to the Russian media and tourism industry
Moscow, Russia, May 22, 2014 - The FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014 was presented to members of the Russian media and tourism industry gathered in Moscow, with the support of the Polish Embassy in Moscow and Polish Tourist Organisation.

“100 days to Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2014” was the official slogan for the presentation, which was given by a delegation from the Polish Volleyball Federation, including: Maciej Bogusz, who is Deputy Director General of the Operating Committee,
Director of Administration Ewa Grzegorczyk, and Krzysztof Lipiec, Coordinator of the tournament's host cities.

The FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 will take place from August 30-September 21 in Katowice, Łódź, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Bydgoszcz and Wrocław. The Opening Ceremony and Match between Poland and Serbia will take place at the National Stadium in Warsaw. Twenty-four teams, split up into four pools, will battle for the medals - among them the national team of Russia.

The presentation was attended by representatives of the Russian tourism industry, officials from the Russian Volleyball Federation, sports journalists and diplomats.

Prominent Russian volleyball players were also present, including Olympic champions Yury Panchenko and Vladimir Kondra (both winners in 1980), and Aleksey Obmochaev, Sergey Grankin and Yury Berezhko (all 2012). Obmochaev was accompanied by his wife Natalia, also a great volleyball player and a gold medallist at the 2013 European Championship.

Preparations for the Polish tournament were presented by Maciej Bogusz. The Opening Ceremony and Match will be the biggest in the history of volleyball. For the first time ever, they will be held at a football stadium. Warsaw’s National Stadium will be filled with over sixty thousand fans and stands for almost twelve thousand spectators will be built on the stadium's pitch. It is a huge logistical operation, but the challenge has proved worthwhile. On the first day of ticket sales, some categories of tickets were sold out in only four minutes. Also for the first time in the history of the World Championship, the competition will be hosted by seven cities.

"My colleague will give you more details about the host cities, but I just want to assure you that we have chosen the most attractive ones. Katowice, Łódź, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Bydgoszcz, Kraków and Warsaw are places rich with history, modern and hospitable. The drawing of lots, held in Warsaw this January, was a terrific show and it also determined that team Russia will play its first round in Gdańsk. It is a great location, not far from the Kaliningrad Oblast where we have set up direct ticket sales for our neighbours. Tickets can also be bought through the internet portal, " said Bogusz.

Maciej Jankiewicz, who was representing the Polish Tourist Organisation, talked about the offer prepared for volleyball fans by the host cities. Representatives of the Polish Embassy informed future guests about the rules for issuing visas to fans and tourists during the 2014 championship.

The presentation was accompanied by an exhibition titled “The history of Polish and Russian volleyball”, which featured event posters from various competitions, cups, medals, balls and jerseys from collections of the Museum of Sports and Tourism in Warsaw and the Museum of Sports in Moscow. A tour was given by the directors of both institutions, Tomasz Jagodziński and Elena Istyagina-Eliseeva.

The Ambassador of Poland to Russia - Wojciech Zajączkowski - who acted as the host of the presentation, said that the organisers were counting on many fans coming to Poland from Russia, where volleyball is one of the national sports, just like in Poland. Particularly because the Russian team will play in Gdańsk, which is a short trip from Kaliningrad Oblast.

Russian Volleyball Federation
President Stanislav Shevchenko remarked that relations between the athletes of both countries have always been friendly. I have no doubt that this is going to be the best championship ever. I am sure that it will be organised on a very high level. I believe that no one would have anything against the final match being played between Russia and Poland.

Bulgaria, China, Egypt and two NORCECA teams, which will be known later this month, will be Russia’s rivals in Pool C.

In Pool A, Poland will face teams from Argentina, Australia, Venezuela, Cameroon and Serbia. Matches featuring the White-and-Reds will be played in Wrocław.


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