Men’s Volleyball Club World Championships makes historic debut in India

Bengalur: Bengaluru city is all set to host the Men’s Volleyball Club World Championships for the first time in the history of India’s volleyball.
Adding to this milestone moment for Indian volleyball is the participation of RuPay Prime Volleyball League Season 2 reigning champions Ahmedabad Defenders, with the Indian stars getting an opportunity to showcase their skills against the best of the world, as they vie for the coveted trophy.
Srajan Shetty, the Karnataka lad who will feature in the Ahmedabad Defenders campaign, spoke on the importance of the Men’s Volleyball Club World Championships in a press conference, “It is an immense privilege and matter of pride for us to participate in the Men’s Volleyball Club World Championships on home soil.
“This tournament not only provides us with a golden opportunity to play with the best players in the world but also to showcase the true potential of Indian Volleyball,” he said.
Apart from the Ahmedabad Defenders, the marquee competition that will be aired on Sony Sports Network, will feature reigning champions Sir Safety Susa Perugia from Italy, the formidable Brazilian club of Sada Cruzeiro Volei, who are four-time winners of the tournament.
Also participating are the Minas Tênis Clube (Ittambe Minas) making their third appearance in the competition, following a fourth-place finish last year.
Also debuting this year will be Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds Club, and Turkey’s Halkbank Spor Kulübü.
Sharing his thoughts on his team’s prospects in the tournament, Wilfredo Leon, captain of Sir Safety Susa Perugia, remarked, “We come here with a lot of expectations and a positive energy to retain the title. I have played this tournament many times and to win it again would be huge for our team, especially to win it in India.
“There are so many big stars at this tournament, and it is a great way to show volleyball is growing not just in Europe and USA but in India as well. I hope this is something future generations can aspire towards.”
FIVB, Second Executive VP and CEV President, Aleksandar Boricic expressed his delight in bringing the tournament to India, “We are extremely happy to be in India for this tournament. Despite India being such a big country, it does not get enough exposure at the highest level of volleyball. I would like to take this opportunity to ask everybody to support this game and its growth in India.”
Tuhin Mishra, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Baseline Ventures also underscored the significance of the competition.
He said, “I’d like to extend my gratitude to FIVB for giving us this opportunity. We are truly excited to host this landmark event in India. We will be hosting the title next year as well and this is a great opportunity for our Indian players to go up against the best players in the world and get the exposure they need. It’s a huge achievement for the entire RuPay Prime Volleyball League as well as we have all worked together to achieve this milestone.”
The tournament will commence on December 6 at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru.
Ahmedabad Defenders will find themselves in Pool A, facing the defending champions, Sir Sicoma Perugia from Italy, and Brazil’s Minas Tênis Clube (Itambé Minas).
In Pool B, Halkbank Spor Kulübü from Turkey, Sada Cruzeiro Volei from Brazil, and Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds are grouped.
The match tickets are live, and can be purchased at BookMyShow.
The Men’s Volleyball Club World Championships 2023 will be telecast live in India on Sony Sports Network across Sony Ten 1 & Sony Ten 3 channels and the broadcast will be shown globally on Volleyball World. Fans in India can also stream the tournament online on FanCode.
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