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2005 edition
Marco Bonitta
After an inaugural World Championship title in 2002, Italian women's volleyball coach Marco Bonitta is eager to taste more success in a new four-year plan.

In 2003 the 40-year-old Bonitta turned down a mountain of overseas offers to sign a four-year extension to his two-year Italian coaching contract and after leading the Italian women's team to their best international performance in Germany he is already looking to make further space in the trophy cabinet.

"After winning the World Championship I want an Olympic medal now," he said. "The main objective is a European Championship title before aiming for the Olympics.

"The World Grand Prix is an ideal stepping stone in the whole process. We go into the Grand Prix to take a medal but it will serve us well in preparation for Olympics. All the girls have started a personalized program in order to be in the best possible shape come August 2004. I do not speak about gold at the moment but if we arrive at Athens in the same condition as we did at the World Championship we will definitely be on track."

Although Bonitta didn't achieve the first leg of his plan - Italy finished a disappointing seventh at the 2003 European Championship - he will be looking for a suitable performance in the 2004 World Grand Prix to be ready for Athens.

Italy finished fifth at the 2003 World Grand Prix before putting in a superb performance in Japan to finish just outside the medals in fourth at the 2003 World Cup. The roller coaster ride continued for Italy in Olympic qualification matches. The missed out at the European Continental Qualification tournament but eventually claimed the final spot by finishing fourth at the World Olympic Qualification tournament in May.

Another aim of Bonitta's is to improve Italy's world ranking where they currently sit sixth. "They will be four important years in which we are obligated to start a new cycle.

"When finishing this term I hope to leave the team in the top three of the world rankings".

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