The FIVB Volleyball World Championship trophy was made on special order in 2014. So far just one team has won it - back-to-back 2014 and 2018 reigning world champions Poland.
Published 09:34, 27 Sep 2021
Weighing nine kilos, the trophy was constructed using 12 individual pieces, each representing a member of a volleyball team. The pieces are brought together in a seamless cylindrical design, symbolising the coming together of players rotating on court. The base of the trophy is coated in nickel, a simple and common element representing the resilience of the team in the early phases of a World Championship.
The trophy’s gradual move from nickel to gold, from its base to its crown, exemplifies the winning team growing in confidence as they work through the stages of the Championship. The trophy’s gold plated crown represents their culminating achievement of a World Championship title. The trophy has a matt finish surface with polished edges with brass as its basic material.
A day after FIVB President Ary Graça handed over the trophy to 2012 Olympic champion Sergey Tetyukhin at the FIVB Headquarters in Lausanne in August 2021, the trophy of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship arrived in Russia.
When the Trophy arrived, it travelled around Moscow. It visited the observation deck of the Ostankino TV Tower, then passed by the №73 ‘Victoria’ sports school where young volleyball players got autographs from Sergey Tetyukhin and took memorable pictures with the legendary athlete.
The Trophy’s route also passed by Moscow City skyscrapers and picturesque panoramas of the Zaryadie park and of the Moscow Kremlin. It passed by the high-voltage Tesla Coils, promising a truly electrifying experience for spectators at the the 2022 World Championship.
Roman Stanislavov, General Director of the FIVB Volleyball World Championship Organising Committee said:
"We have prepared an extensive programme for the World Championship Trophy Tour. The Trophy will travel all over Russia via the host cities and regions that have a long volleyball history. Exhibition matches featuring legends of the sport will also be held during the Tour, with world volleyball stars and local volleyball players set to meet. In three months, the Trophy will travel around the country by truck, by plane and by rail. It will visit almost every parts of our country."