Presidents of Italy and Bulgaria attend opening matches
Rome, Italy and Varna, Bulgaria, September 11, 2018 - President
of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and President of
Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, joined thousands of fans to watch their
respective nations begin the 2018 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World
Championship with a win. Jointly hosted by Italy and Bulgaria,
the Championship’s opening matches involving both home teams
drew capacity crowds as well as high ranking officials.
President Mattarella was guest of honour as co-hosts Italy got
their 2018 campaign off to the perfect start with a 3-0 victory
over Japan. Alongside FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graša F░, Italian
National Olympic Committee President Giovanni Malag˛, President
of the Italian Volleyball Federation Pietro Bruno Cattaneo and
many more national and international dignitaries, President
Mattarella joined the 11,170-strong partisan crowd at the Foro
Italico in Rome.
And in Varna last night, President Radev was joined by his
Minister for Sport, Krasen Kralev, in the Palace of Culture and
Sport, where Bulgaria scored a 3-0 win over Finland.
The presence of such influential figures at the Men’s World
Championship highlighted the true value and excitement of the
sport, and the FIVB once again demonstrated its innovative
approach to growing the sport by engaging the crowd and creating
an amazing atmosphere in spectacular venues.
Following the two opening night fixtures, President Ary Graša
“What an incredible night and an amazing start to the Men’s
World Championship. Both our hosts gave their fans something to
cheer about long into the night, and I have no doubt we are in
for another exhilarating event!”
The finals will take place in Turin, Italy, from 26-30