FIVB Men’s U23 Champs/ Coaches Meet Media to set Pace in Cairo
Cairo, Egypt, August 17, 2017 – All twelve coaches of the participating teams faced the media Thursday afternoon here, to set the pace for the 2017 FIVB Men’s U23 World Championship which begin in two halls of Cairo National Stadium on Friday.
The competition will feature the testing of a new scoring system with matches played to best-of-seven sets of 15 points, as well as the introduction of a serving change which disallows the server landing on the court.
Here’s a review of the coaches’ comments at the official Press Conference:
Salim Bouhalla (Algeria): “We are very happy to play in this Championship. We will do our best to reach the second round. The event is an excellent chance to get in contact with other strong opponents and gain experience.”
Camilo Soto (Argentina): “We have a hard tournament ahead, facing new teams and new regulations but on the other hand we are a very good team and we have high hopes so we will do our best.”
Giovane Gavio (Brazil): “We are very happy to be here in this great country with fantastic people. We do have a lot of pressure on us as we are the winners of the first edition and we need to repeat it. We expect a good place for Brazil. It is my first World Championship as a coach and I think we have a good opportunity to learn and change. We will try our best and I wish all the teams the best as well.”
Ju Genyin (China): “I am happy to be a part of this marvelous event and we hope the new regulations won’t be an obstacle for the team.”
Nicolas Vives (Cuba): “We are here to do our maximum and try to win.”
Hassan El-Hosary (assistant coach, Egypt): “We welcome all the teams in Egypt and wish them a good stay. Our target is to present good players and improve our ranking as well as leaving a good image of Egyptian volleyball.”
Juan Manuel Cichello (Iran): “It is a great pleasure to be here as it is a special event because only twelve teams qualified. We hope to reach the semis.”
Fumitoshi Tokunaga (Japan): “We are representing our continent Asia, so we have to do our best and try ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
Jose Luis Martell (Mexico): “The new rules make the championship very interesting and we will do our best to appear in best shape.”
Dariusz Daszkiewicz (Poland): “We don’t know how we will do with the new rules and how far we can go but will target one game at a time and see what happens.”
Andrey Voronkov (Russia): “We hope to repeat our victory in Dubai 2015 but we will see how it will go with the new rules.”
Resat Arig (Turkey): “We are so happy to be here as it is a good experience and we wish good luck to all teams