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Serbia and Russia Belgrade clash brought forward

Serbia and Russia are no strangers to each other in the World League

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 22, 2014 – The FIVB World League match between Serbia and Russia that was due to take place on June 1 in Belgrade has been brought forward to May 30 and will now take place in Nis. 

The change means that the two matches between Serbia and Russia during Week 2 will both take place in Nis on Friday (May 30) and Saturday (May 31).

The match between the two countries on Saturday, May 31 is still slated as the FIVB’s ‘Match of the Week’ and will take place at 20:00 local time (18:00 GMT). The FIVB Volleyball World League ‘Match of the Week’ allows broadcasters to televise for free, one match from each week of the FIVB’s premier annual tournament for men.

The change to the schedule came after the FIVB agreed to a request from the Serbian Volleyball Federation following flooding caused when the River Sava burst its banks and which left large parts of the country devastated after the heaviest flooding in over 100 years. 

The PIONIR Sports Hall in Belgrade where the second match was due to take place originally is currently being used as emergency housing for displaced people and where emergency aid is being administered, as are many sports arenas across the country. Many hotels are also being used for emergency shelter or to provide accommodation for workers from humanitarian relief organisations.

At least 40 people have died in the flooding in Serbia and neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina and thousands more have lost their homes and possession in the aftermath that featured heavy landslides. There are also fears of the spread of disease after some areas were left without clean drinking water. 

Four-time World League runners-up, Serbia (WR 9) and defending champions Russia (WR 2) will be competing in Pool B alongside 2012 silver medallists USA (WR 4) and Bulgaria (WR 6).

Click here for the FIVB World League match schedule.



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