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Volleyball World Championship in Poland – records also in Press Offices!

A busy press working room in Wroclaw

Wroclaw, Poland, September 3, 2014 - FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014 is on a breaking-record mood in terms of fans in the stands as 62,000 spectators watched the opening match at the National Stadium in Warsar and 11,000 witnessed the France-Italy contest in Krakow, a fantastic attendance for a match without the Polish team in action.

But the organizers of the FIVB Men’s World Championship are not only doing well at the turnstiles of the stadiums in Krakow, Wroclaw, Katowice and Gdansk in the first round of matches, but also at the crowded working-press rooms at those facilities.

The tournament is becoming more and more appealing to the media as it was the 2012 Euro Football. For the entire competition nearly 700 journalist from all over the world received accreditations. For Phase 1 of the competition, which includes matches in five cities, a total of 467 members of the media have attended.

The biggest group, of course, is composed by the Poles –more than 500 travelling between the venues The second largest group are the Finns (20 came to Poland), which can be slightly less considering how much fun they are having while in Katowice – even testing the Spodek (“Flying Saucer”) during their match against Cuba proving they can “fly away” carried not only by the White-Reds.

Next on the list during the 1st Phase, are the journalists from Italy (16), Brazil (14), Russia (13) and Germany (12). 

On the other hand, there are journalists from remote countries to Poland like Cameroon or Australia, who are represented only by one person, or places United States where volleyball is considered a exotic sport. There are also representatives of countries not taking part as Japan, Czech Republic and Latvia with one single representative.

The opening ceremony at the National Stadium was covered by nearly 90 foreign journalists and over 130 Polish. Matches of the 1st Phase in Katowice are being watched by around 60 foreigners and 80 Poles, in Krakow – 52 foreigners and 84 Poles, in Gdansk – 26 foreigners and 62 Poles, and in Wroclaw – 29 foreigners and 107 locals.

From among the TV stations which purchased the rights for the World Championship, four have sent their crews to our country so far: Italian RAI TV (7 members), Finnish FIYLE (6), Belgian VRT (6) and Brazilian TV GLOBO (12).

One of the Brazilian TV commentators is Nalbert Bittencourt, the 2002 world champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist.

Andrea Gardini, the assistant of former Poland’s coach Andrea Anastasi, who writes for the Polish sports newspaper “Przeglad Sportowy”, is one of the most successful is one of the most successful Italian volleyball players of all time as a three-time world champion (1990, 1994, 1998), four-time European champion (1989, 1993, 1995, 1999) and silver (1996) and bronze (2000) Olympic medalist.


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