Canada fine-tuning men’s unit in Slovenia
OTTAWA, Canada, September 7, 2018 - The Canadian men’s national
team is well prepared for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World
Championship in Italy and Bulgaria from September 9 to 30.
First they took part of the Hubert Jerzy Wagner Memorial
Tournament in Poland from August 24-26 along with teams of
Russia, France and host Poland. The tournament was held at the
Tauron Arena in Krakow and it was the second year in a row that
Canada played in the prestigious event.
The Hubert Jerzy Wagner Memorial Tournament was the team’s first
major competition since the inaugural season of the FIVB
Volleyball Nations League earlier this year – Canada finished
seventh in the VNL, just outside the final six.
Following the Wagner Tournament, the team trained in Maribor,
Slovenia from August 27 to September 4 in preparation for the
On September 5, the team traveled to the country’s capital to
play in the Ljubljana Volleyball Challenge (from September 6 to
8) and will face Slovenia, Iran (tenth in the VNL), and USA
(third in the VNL).
Speaking at the pre-tournament press conference, Canada head
coach Stephane Antiga said: “We have great conditions here in
Slovenia to conclude our preparations, before the beginning of
the World Championship. We’ll try to deliver a better
performance than we did in some of our previous preparation
Shortly after, the team will make its way to the northeastern
Bulgarian city of Ruse for the start of the 2018 FIVB Men’s
World Championship. Canada is in Pool B with Brazil (ranked
number one in the World), China, Egypt, France and the