03. 04. 2020

INTERVIEW: Tillie for WoV – “I just didn’t want Olympics to be canceled or played without spectators”

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The France Men’s Volleyball National Team had to work hard to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games. However, due to force majeure, the coronavirus pandemic, the event was postponed for 2021. Kévin Tillie agrees it was inevitable…

 

One of the synonyms for the France National Team in the past several years, the outside hitter Kévin Tillie, rationally contemplates and analyzes the situation regarding the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games for one year. The one-time CEV EuroVolley winner gave an exclusive interview for our website during the break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

How do you feel about the postponement of the Olympic Games?

“Well, it’s something that we can’t control. The whole world is affected by the virus, so I just take it as having more time to prepare for it. We were mentally ready to battle in the Olympics this year but we will have to be patient.”

Do you think that maybe the final decision regarding the postponement could have been put on hold for some time to see when the coronavirus pandemic will end?

“Honestly, I have no idea about that. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t think what’s better for everyone. I will just have to listen to the professionals (laughing).”

There were several options for organizing the Olympic Games next year. The summer has been officially chosen. In your opinion, would it be better to organize it earlier or maybe later? Or, you fully support the decision to organize it in July and August...

“Sure, I’m fine having it next summer. I just didn’t want them to be canceled or played without spectators. That would have been really disappointing for many people.”

What do you think about the new FIVB’s ranking system for national teams that was launched in February?

“I think they should have done this a long time ago. It’s really difficult for European teams to get a ranking that they actually deserve.”

How hard is it going to be to prepare for the next season when coronavirus pandemic ends knowing that break will obviously be very long? 

“Well, we have to take the positive side of it to take care of our families and rest our bodies and our heads. Volleyball players don’t have many breaks so they need to take this as an advantage to come back healthy and mentally refreshed for the next seasons.”

 

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FIVB releases new men’s and women’s world rankings

has serbia ever had a 3rd team?:D
serbia began all vnl and former grand prix tournaments with a-teams. they have 3 recent g. prix bronzes. In 2018 vnl, again they began with boskovic, mikailovic,veljkovic, popovic, rasic etc. went to finals in china but lost against turkey and usa and went home.In 2019 vnl again they began with top guns boskovic, mikailovic,veljkovic etc. in 1st week. actually their rivals, the turks again,came with their 2nd team ie. without veterans but with youngsters ozbay,karakurt, gunes,baladin etc. and swept serbs by 3-0 and this match had to disappoint terzic too much and he continued vnl with bench players and lost almost all remaining games. videos are everywhere in youtube, just watch them.

for better rankings, you need to compete in all tournaments, but unfortunately only great countries like china, usa with great human resources, great capacities can afford it.

or despite winning 'big' tournaments,you must be contented with your 6th position, because only the points you won do matter. Reply

FIVB releases new men’s and women’s world rankings

VNL must be an event that helps new players gain experience so that they can later join their country's first team. Serbia has always participated with its 2nd or 3rd team. The big tournaments are the Olympics Games, the World Championships and the continental championships. No one remembers who won the vnl. Ask a player to answer please. All for money fivb!!! Reply

FIVB releases new men’s and women’s world rankings

Serbian women had poor results in 2019 vnl (5W-10L) which has cost them to drop the 6th place.

Turkish women had 11W-4L in 2019 vnl. And beat China in final round though later lost to them in semifinal, it's still plus for them because you win more points defeating an opponent above you but lose less points when you are defeated.

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