Polish Volleyball – Going for gold in Rio
Next month sees the beginning of what is the pinnacle in a sportsman or sportswoman’s life – the Olympic games. This year’s games of course take place in Brazil, and the men’s Polish volleyball team will be hoping that this is the year they can take home Olympic gold.
It has been a long wait for a medal in Polish volleyball, with the nation’s last medal coming in 1976 when they won gold. Since then despite performing well in other tournaments such as the European and World Championships, the wait for Olympic glory goes on.
It’s been a good few years for the team, and they qualified for Rio with relative ease. Having gone to the 2016 European Olympics qualification tournament in Germany at the beginning of the year, Poland were placed in Pool A where they beat both Serbia and Belgium before losing out to hosts Germany. This ensured them of their place at the World Olympics qualification tournament where they won their first five matches against Canada, France, Japan, Venezuela, and Iran. This ensured them of their place at the games.
Poland will be one of four European teams in the Olympic finals; the other three being France, Italy and Russia. They have been placed in Group B where they will play Russia, Argentina, Iran, Cuba and Egypt. The top four placed teams will then advance to the quarter finals. The match against Russia is perhaps the one to look out for; with not much love lost between the two nations, plus the fact that Russia are one of the best teams in the world right now. Of course the ban for Russian athletes only affects their track and field competitors meaning they are free to compete in other disciplines.
Volleyball is of course one of the most popular sports in Poland, with many people taking up the sport from a young age. If you would like more information on coming to Poland for a volleyball tour then please click here. We can arrange tours for all ages and abilities, so why not give us a call and see what we can arrange for you?
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