The head coach of the men’s team in the Italian volleyball Gianlorenzo of Blengini called on the young Italian players to use the extra year and try to get into the national team to participate in the Olympic games in Tokyo. Since this tournament moved to 2021, the coach thinks that some of the volleyball players from the next wave of young Italian players got a great opportunity to go to Japan, if they will be in better shape.
– The young players have another year to try to get into main national team, says Blandini. Is a great chance for them. After all, it is not yet clear how the more senior volleyball players will be able to survive this year, in what form they will be next summer. So no time for the young to hide behind them, they should be willing to take that chance.
Recall that in August of 2019 youth national team of Ukraine (U-19) won the gold in the world championship on volleyball among juniors in Tunisia. While just three of its players included in the symbolic team of the tournament: best binder was Paolo Porro, one of the best blocking – Nikola Cincotta and one of the best doigrovshchik – Alessandro Micheletti. The latter, incidentally, was also named MVP of the tournament.
At the Olympics in Tokyo and Italy fell into group a, where its rivals will be the hosts volleyball players of Japan, world champion 2014 and 2018 Poland and Canada, Iran and Venezuela. The group will perform the Olympic Champions, the Brazilians, bronze medalist of Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, team USA, winners of the League of Nations in 2019 the Russians, the teams of France, Argentina and Tunisia.
As for Italy, it is in six (!) the last Olympics has consistently been in the best four, but never rose to the highest level – silver (1996, 2004, 2016), bronze (2000, 2012), 4th place (2008).
According to the website of the International volleyball Federation (FIVB)