FIVB World Grand Champions Cup Media Guide 2013 - page 3

With the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions
Cup upon us, it is a great opportunity to celebrate the
strength and depth of our sport.
With 220 member federations across five different
continents, the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions
Cup is the only tournament which brings together the
winners of four of the five continental championships
together in a dedicated tournament with the hosts Japan
and a wild card selection for the chance to claim the
‘champion-of-champions’ title.
Taking place on the back of an Olympic year, the World
Grand Champions Cup is one of volleyball’s most
prestigious tournaments, showcasing the best from around
the world. They have competed amongst the best in their
continent in order to make it to Japan and will now play
off for the honour of winning this exceptional quadrennial
The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup traditionally
heralds the end of the international volleyball season and
it has been renowned for always throwing up surprises.
Since its inception in 1993, only the Brazilian men’s team
have successfully defended the title, illustrating how the
tournament challenges a team’s aptitude and resolve.
I always look forward to this tournament, not just for the
action on the court, but also for the emotion and fervour of
the supporters in attendance. Japan has a strong volleyball
culture and their fans know and love the sport. Their
enthusiasm always adds an extra spark and emotion to
any event.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Japan
Volleyball Association and local organisers who, with
their great experience, have guaranteed another top class
volleyball tournament as well as the host broadcaster
Nippon Television Network Corporation for bringing
volleyball fans around the world a step closer to the action
and excitement through their outstanding broadcasting of
the event.
All that remains now is to wish every team taking part in
the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup the best
of luck in the tournament.
Dr. Ary S. Graça F°
FIVB President
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