This action follows up on the innovative “Fair Play – Volleyball Way” campaign that the European Volleyball Confederation launched last June in conjunction with the DOL for the 2014 edition of Europe’s flagship club competition.
“It was a very pleasant surprise,” Volkov says. “I have tried to stick to the principles of fair play for the whole weekend and as far as possible to behave like a gentleman would do. For this reason I am very proud that I travelled back to Kazan with this distinction that I will add to my personal showcase at home. I am very proud of this award because it testifies that I always behave correctly towards the referees and our opponents.
Russian player added:
“I think it is very good that emphasis is being put on fair play and the necessity for everyone involved – referees, players, and coaches – to respect each other. All together we can create an excellent product called Volleyball that will attract more and more fans. Sometimes emotions go wild because you are in the middle of a battle but we need to show a spirit of fair play so that at the end of the day we can shake hands and eventually congratulate our rivals on their victory.”
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