|2014 Men's World Championship
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The 2014 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship will be held in Poland.
On September 8, 2008 the FIVB announced it has agreed a partnership deal for Poland to host the FIVB Men’s World Championship in 2014. “This will be the biggest and most beautiful sports event in the world, not only in Volleyball but throughout the whole sports family,” said FIVB Honorary Life President Dr. Rubén Acosta. “Poland – I’m sure about it – will make this Championship very special.”
Dr. Acosta and FIVB President Mr. Wei Jizhong agreed the deal in Warsaw last Thursday following negotiations with Polish Minister of Sport Mr. Miroslaw Drzewiecki, Mr. Miroslaw Blaszczyk, President of the Board of Administration of Polsat Television, Polsat Television Sports Department Director Mr. Marian Kmita and Polish Volleyball Federation President Mr. Miroslaw Przedpelski.
It will be the first time Poland has hosted an FIVB World Championship. The Polish Volleyball Union said matches will be played in Kraków, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Katowice, Łódź and Bydgoszcz.
Volleyball in Poland has enjoyed a huge surge in popularity over the last few years. The Polish Men’s team finished runners-up at the 2006 FIVB World Championships in Japan and a year later Katowice hosted one of the best-ever FIVB World League Final Rounds, with spectators filling out Spodek Arena night after night.
“I am convinced that the 2014 Men’s Senior World Championship will be a gorgeous tournament with perfect organisation and great Polish fans,” said FIVB President Wei. “We were all charmed by them during the 2007 World League Finals and I’m sure the atmosphere will be even more spectacular.” Dr. Acosta said that the Preliminary Rounds for the 2014 World Championships will begin in 2012 with more than 215 National Federations set to take part, making the Polish Championships potentially the biggest sporting event in history in terms of competing countries.
The regional qualification stage determined the 24 teams that would compete in the championship competition. Hosts Poland were granted automatic qualification. Regional governing bodies were allocated the remaining 23 spots. Africa was granted three, Asia four, North America five, South America three, and Europe eight places.
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