Official opening kicks off seventh edition of Moscow Grand Slam
Moscow, Russia, June 10, 2014 - An official opening of
the Moscow FIVB Grand Slam took place on Tuesday at the Dinamo Center for beach sports at the Vodniy stadium in Russia's capital.
"We are pleased to welcome all of you once again to one of the biggest events in international beach volleyball. Moscow is hosting the FIVB Grand Slam for the seventh consecutive year," said
Herwin Brillemans noted the important role of Russia in beach volleyball and the high profile of the Moscow Grand Slam.
"On behalf of the International Volleyball
Federation we are delighted to welcome everyone to the Moscow Grand Slam. Russia is
an important country for the world of volleyball, including beach volleyball.
There are lot of talented players in your country, who have already shown good
"This year we have quite a tight start to the season. Several weeks ago was the Anapa Open in Russia, then the European Championship final in Italy and now the Grand Slam in Moscow. We want to have a successful event here - the home tournament was always very special for us. Last year one of our teams took fifth place in Moscow so I want, at least, to repeat this result this year," said Solyustri.
One of the leading players of the Russian men's team Vyacheslav Krasilnikov promised that the Russians will do everything to please their fans.
"Last year I took fifth place in Moscow with my partner Konstantin Semenov, so this year we'll do everything to make it, at least, to the semifinals. We want to see many fans at the stands because it's a very great feeling to play in front of home stadium. I want to invite everybody to the Vodniy Stadium from June 11 to 15. It will be interesting!" said Krasilnikov.
The matches of FIVB Beach Volleyball Moscow Grand Slam will start on June 11 with a qualifying tournament with the pool play matches starting the next day. The winners of the competition will be decided on Sunday, June 15.