The FIVB Men’s World Championships are underway in Bulgaria and Italy with Canada’s tournament set to start at 7:00 AM Vancouver time on Sept. 12th.
The Canadians are led by B.C. Athletes Gord Perrin (Creston), Steven Marshall (Abbotsford), Daniel Jansen VanDoorn (Langley) and Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam). The team enters the event the No. 6 ranked team in the FIVB World Rankings.
A focused looking team captain, Gord Perrin, posted, “Calm before the storm,” on his Instagram page in preparation for the team’s first match against the Netherlands.
“First of all, I want to congratulate Ruse,” said Stephane Antiga, Canada’s coach, during the pre-event press conference. “Here we have the perfect conditions for such a big volleyball tournament like the FIVB Men’s World Championship. In our pool we have really strong teams. I expect tough matches and volleyball from a high level.”
Canada finds themselves in Group B with Brazil (No. 1), China (No. 20), France (No. 9), Egypt (No. 13) and the Netherlands (No. 25). They hope to build upon their best finish at the World Championships – a seventh place finish in 2014.
In the last FIVB Men’s World Championships, Poland won Gold, Brazil won Silver and Germany took the Bronze.
For more info on the FIVB World Championships visit http://italy-bulgaria2018.fivb.com/en/
To Watch the FIVB World Championship (20 Euros) visit https://welcome.volleyballworld.tv/
Canada’s Schedule (Vancouver Time)
Sept. 12, 7AM Netherlands
Sept. 13, 7AM Egypt
Sept. 15, 7AM China
Sept. 17, 10:30AM Brazil
Sept. 18, 10:30AM France