Poland unveils official logo of 2014 Men's World Championship
2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship - Men
Warsaw, Poland, April 25, 2013. Poland – one of the world’s real Volleyball “Meccas” – will be hosting next year the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship whose official logo was officially unveiled on Wednesday in Warsaw. The Organizing Committee did also confirm that the Championship will be hosted in six different cities, and namely in Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Lodz and Wroclaw.
“I am very happy and even touched because I have been waiting for this day for many years” the President of the Polish Volleyball Federation, Mr. Miroslaw Przedpelski, said. “This is a memorable day for Polish Volleyball. Our contribution to the sport is highly regarded also on the international stage” he added while attending a special gala held at National Theater.
The official logo of the Championship displays a cup inscribed in a volley ball, with a white and red flag – Poland’s national colors – on top and a golden background. The main features of the logo were discussed by Bohdan Pawlowicz, who is working as a marketing and communications consultant for the Polish Volleyball Federation and is also a Board member of IAA, the International Advertising Association. “The logo stands out for a series of positive elements. It is also a unique combination of elegance and power” he said.
Special logos have been worked out for each of the hosting cities by adding their respective “trademarksC, i.e. three grain elevators on the Brda River for Bydgoszcz, the Neptun Fountain for Gdansk, the Spodek Hall for the city of Katowice, St. Mary’s Basilica for Krakow, the Power Station EC-1 for Lodz and the local Town Hall for Wroclaw.
The Gala was attended by FIVB Executive Vice-President and CEV Senior Vice President Aleksandar Boricic, Poland’s Sports and Tourism Minister Joanna Mucha, as well as by Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski, the President of the Polish Olympic Committee, Andrzej Krasnicki, and by the Head of the Sports Department of Polsat Television, Marian Kmita.
Polsat is an extremely valuable partner of the Polish Volleyball Federation and since the two have joined forces together, Poland’s national teams have claimed a total of nine medals in international competitions. “The Polish Volleyball Federation is a role model for all other sports federations and organizations in our country and they are showing the way that we all have to follow” the President of the Polish Olympic Committee – who is also the Chair of the Polish Handball Federation – Andrzej Krasnicki said.
The ceremony was also attended by the head coach of the national team, Italian-born Andrea Anastasi, and some players – Pawel Woicki, Fabian Drzyzga, Lukasz Lomacz, Karol Klos and Pawel Zatorski – who have joined the first training camp of the year in Spala. “To win gold at the World Championship is very difficult” Anastasi said, “but our team is able to achieve the highest results. However, for the time being we will be focusing exclusively on our opening round of the FIVB World League where we play the triple world champions of Brazil”.
Actually that wouldn’t be the first time Poland tops the charts of the World Champs as it did so back in 1974 in Mexico. That glorious team was represented in Warsaw by former players and Poland’s Volleyball legends Ryszard Bosek, Marek Karbarz, Stanislaw Gosciniak, Edward Skorek and Wlodzimierz Sadalski.
“It is very important that the presentation of the World Championship and the unveiling of the logo have taken place here at our National Theater. This place is highly symbolic for Poland and it means that Volleyball is the national sport in our country” Sports Minister Joanna Mucha concluded.