26. 11. 2020

Rene Sain, Tsimafei Zhukouski and Ivan Raič about Volleyball under the new circumstances

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European club competitions began recently after a long hiatus caused by a coronavirus pandemic. The return of European volleyball is good news for Croatian volleyball players who play in clubs all over the continent.


Among them are the Croatian national team member Rene Sain and the national team members Tsimafei Zhukouski and Ivan Raič, who, under the new circumstances, train volleyball in France, Russia and Greece.

"I am currently in Cannes, France. Recently, France also entered the lockdown, but our training sessions and matches are still going according to plan. The only thing we are allowed to do is go to shops or pharmacies. We are not sure how the situation with the coronavirus pandemic will continue, but it is rumored that the Championship could be interrupted for a while and continue a little later, but still, nothing is known for sure. I hope that this situation will calm down as soon as possible and that we will be able to return to our previous normal lives as soon as possible. '' - explains Rene, who is looking forward to spending time with her teammates from the national team as soon as possible: on the field because an interesting adventure awaits us in the summer, ie the European Championship. ”

Captain Tsimafei Zhukouski is currently in Russia where he plays for Fakel Novy Urengoy who is currently in sixth place in the Russian Super League.


"I am currently in the small Russian town of Serpukhov. The situation with the coronavirus here in Russia is similar to that in Croatia. It is mandatory to wear masks indoors and on public transport. Unfortunately, records for the number of people infected with coronavirus are being broken all over the world, including in Russia. We all hope for better times together. Our League is going normally for now, but we still had a couple of canceled matches. But the situation is slowly stabilizing and I hope that everything will be fine soon. I also hope that the qualifications for the European Championship in Croatia will be held in Zadar, and I can't wait to see my teammates and to stand on the field together! '' - said the favorite Tsima.

Ivan Raič is in Greece, where he plays for Foinikas Syrou ONEX on the island of Syros. He described to us the unusual regime in which he currently lives and trains.


"Life outside the volleyball courts in Greece is very beautiful. I am here with my family and we live on the quieter side of the island. The beach is close to our home, and our children attend kindergarten here. There are no big problems with the virus on our island, but they still made a certain type of lockdown for the whole country so that not everyone would go to the islands. It is forbidden to leave the house except for certain reasons. We send messages to cell phones with codes from 1 to 6. For example, number 1 means going to the doctor, number 2 means going to the pharmacy, number 3 means walking, number 4 means helping the elderly, and number 5 means some kind of ceremony or celebration.“

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FIVB, change the rule, please!

I agree with coach Kolakovic and the justifications he brings for changing this particular rule. I am convinced that most referees share his opinion too. Reply

FIVB, change the rule, please!

Re: @Sorah
That is very stupid too, indeed. If we do a simple analysis we can find a lot of other very stupid things. Another one is uselessly continuing the set when the score difference is 10 points. Who has recovered from that? (I mean in the senior games, not in the underage games.)

FIVB, change the rule, please!

Re: @Sorin Acela
The most stupid rule is each set has 25 points and teams only play serious game from point 15-16.
If sets had 15 or 11 points, they cared from first point, and didn't cause spectators to sleep. Reply