“I wanted to fly to Ankara. They have good facilities there, a strong team and very temperamental fans, which would fill the stands. I like this rivalry. We beat Halkbank 3-0 at home, showing our best volleyball of the season. I think the return match would be difficult, but I also know that we need exactly that kind of a game – hard, with a strong contender. But here in Kazan, of course, the situation is much quieter. Terrorist attacks, demonstrations and bombings, like in Turkey, will never happen here. If it is decided that a trip to Ankara in this situation would be an unnecessary risk, we will carry out the decision,” Mikhaylov was honest.
Recall that the match Halkbank – Zenit, that was scheduled for December 16, will not take place due to the cooling of relations between Russia and Turkey.
The final decision on the fate of this and other Turkish-Russian volleyball clashes will be made on December 11 at a meeting between the President of Russia’s VF, Stanislav Shevchenko and the new leader of the CEV, Serbian Aleksandar Boričić.
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