Serbia have a 2-1 win-loss record on the first week of FIVB Volleyball World League Group 1 preliminary round
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 8, 2017 – The FIVB Volleyball World League 2017
’s wonderful opening weekend has set the bar high in terms of sporting quality and entertainment as 36 teams prepare for Week 2, starting Thursday.
FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° pinpointed the increased competitiveness across all three groups in the annual tournament which features the
best men’s national teams from around the world.
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“The World League represents the opportunity to come together and celebrate the world’s very best national men’s teams,” President Graça said.
These delightful surprises provide excitement to the teams and bring out the best in them to reach the top.
“The battle for the 2017 World League trophy has already started with great quality and intensity as the top volleyball nations pursue their dream of becoming champions,” he added.
The results in the competition thus far have shown the impact of that intense will to win in the premier annual men’s competition.
“Week 1 of the competition fully proved it as 54 matches were played across all three groups with 3,197 points scored in Group 1 alone, meaning an average of 177.6 points per match,” President Graça explained.
The FIVB Volleyball World League
is in 28th year and features a record 36 participating teams providing strong momentum year on year.
President Graça commended the efforts of the hosts for a successful staging of the opening weekend's competition.
“My thanks go to Italy, Russia and Serbia, Korea, Turkey, Slovakia, Germany, Montenegro and Spain which were good hosts to the FIVB World League 2017 initial round," President Graça said. “And congratulations to France, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, Germany and Spain for being unbeaten in their respective pools.
“The FIVB is working hard to ensure the best possible conditions for the athletes, officials and fans.
“Last year’s innovations were around scoring and the Challenge System,” President Graça said. “This year, the effort is focused on communication.”
Increased engagement across
the FIVB's social media channels is also a key goal, especially YouTube
where all the matches are streamed live in countries where TV broadcasters are not covering the matches.
"All the World League matches are available on YouTube as part of our commitment to provide opportunities for our members and above all, our fans, to engage with volleyball.”
The Arena da Baixada will be the latest in the FIVB’s string of iconic volleyball venues. The football stadium, which is home to Clube Atletico Paranaense in Curitiba, will host the World League Group 1 Finals
from July 4 to 8.
FIVB Volleyball World League 2017 - Week 2 Schedule (first 8 of 54 matches this weekend)