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Special Olympics athletes participated in the opening of the FIVB World Championship 2022 countdown clocks

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Today, August 26, marks one year to go to the FIVB Men's World Championship Russia 2022. The celebration devoted to this special occasion is organized in Kazan and in other 9 host cities.

Countdown has started at the same time in all cities on this day; the clocks count down the days, hours, and minutes to the momentous volleyball event, and are also a unique art object in the very center of urban spaces. The clocks are of modern architecture and produce the general concept of the Championship identity – "Volleyball electrifies!". Dynamic bolts of lightning pierce the display of the clocks, which will display useful information over the next year about the upcoming competition in each of ten cities.

In Moscow, countdown clocks are located on the Manezhnaya Square. The launch was attended by the Honored Guests, including Azat Kadyrov, the First Deputy Minister of Sport of Russia.

"The World Championship will be held in ten cities. The cities’ readiness is high; many regions have already hosted international events. The cities infrastructure is out of the question: a new facility has been built in Novosibirsk, and the construction of a sports facility in Kemerovo is almost completed. In each region, heads of the subject entities lead the local organizing committees, so there is no doubt the cities will be ready and will host the world volleyball elite at the highest level,” Azat Kadyrov noted.

In Kazan, the countdown clock opened at the Kremlin Embankment. The guests of the ceremony were Maksim Mikhaylov, Olympic champion, Merited master of sport, volleyball player, VC Zenit player; Alina Abdrakhmanova and Roman Oshivalov, young volleyball players – Special Olympics athletes; Leyla Fazleeva, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan; Olga Pavlova, \ Merited coach of the Russian Federation in Athletics, State Duma deputy; Almaz Mingulov, Deputy Minister of Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan; Rafkat Kantyukov, President of the Zenit-Kazan volleyball club.

Farid Mukhametshin expressed his gratitude to the Organizing Committee of the Volleyball World Championship, Russian Volleyball Federation, colleagues from the regions for their efforts to popularize this dynamic game among young people and unite all those who are keen on volleyball.

"I am sure the residents and guests of Kazan will love these symbolic clocks, this is another point of attraction," he added. "Both the festival and the World Championship will further confirm the status of Kazan as a city capable of hosting the most large-scale and significant international events at a high level."

The final countdown has started. Now it's time for vibrant volleyball all across the country. The cities have united to organize the longest volleyball match, which for the first time will be played in several time zones, and the volleyball relay will cover 5,000 km across Russian regions from Krasnoyarsk to Kaliningrad and end with a bright match in Moscow. The points scored by teams in each city will be summed up; each city will pass the baton to each other to organize the longest and most unusual match in history all together.

Source: ANO Volleyball 2022 Organizing Committee and Ministry of Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan

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