The 2014 edition of the Platonov Memorial Tournament will feature once again eight teams that were divided into two preliminary pools of four each. Five of the eight teams that had competed last year in Saint Petersburg are coming back. Ukraine’s Lokomotiv KHARKIV was replaced by Latvia’s champions RTU RIGA, Belarus’ national team by their respective national champions Stroitel MINSK whereas Yaroslavich YAROSLAVL’s spot was taken by the winners of the inaugural Platonov Memorial Tournament, Dinamo LENINGRAD REGION.
The late Viacheslav Platonov was at the helm of the Soviet national team that won gold at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow; he also steered the former Soviet Union to a gold medal at the 1978 and 1982 World Championships in Italy and Argentina as well as to six European crowns (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, and 1991). Platonov was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2002 and prematurely passed away in 2005, aged 66.
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