Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko met with International Volleyball Federation President Ary Graca at the Government of the Russian Federation. The meeting was also attended by Minister of Sport Oleg Matytsin, President of the Russian Volleyball Federation Stanislav Shevchenko and Head of the Volleyball 2022 Local Organising Committee Roman Stanislavov.
During the working meeting, participants discussed the importance of the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship legacy, ways to maximise benefits from the national volleyball team’s performance and holding international sports events for promoting volleyball in Russia. They paid special attention to making the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship a driver for promoting volleyball in Russia.
Ary Graca (FIVB President): “It was an honour and privilege for me to meet with Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Chernyshenko and Minister of Sport Oleg Matytsin. We had a detailed conversation on the fundamental principles that will guide the development of volleyball in Russia so that it can benefit from the championship’s legacy and inspire more people to take up this sport.
We also explored ways to channel the energy and momentum generated by international volleyball tournaments to increase participation at all levels.”
Dmitry Chernyshenko: “Volleyball is Russia’s second most popular sport. Russian clubs have built quite a solid track record, including an all-Russian final at the CEV Cup, with Moscow’s Dynamo emerging as the winner.
Together with the FIVB President, we assessed the potential volleyball has in Russia and how we can take it to an even higher level with improvements at both the amateur and professional levels.
Next year, 10 Russian cities will be hosting the World Championships. This tournament will create a new generation of volleyball fans in Russia, while also helping develop a sport that has gained a solid footing in our country.”