Did you know that the Italian legened started practicing one other sport before volleyball?
“Before that, I was into rowing. My father was a rower and took part at the Tokyo 1964 Olympics. I started playing volleyball when I was 12 years old when my teacher asked me if I would like to play,” explains Giani.
Coaches that had a huge influence on your career?
“Coaches Julio Velasco and Bebeto De Freitas really helped me to reach that high standard.”
How has the game of volleyball changed since you started your career?
“The big changes were the introduction of the rally point system and the libero. However, the techniques and tactics in the sport have not really changed.”
Differences between coaching and playing?
“They are totally different. The athletes can take action to influence things out on the court, while the coach can only use words.”
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