To win a gold means a lot to any athlete. It proves you are the best, that you are a winner and that you have worked and practised hard. And the Trophy of the World Championship is the ultimate representation of a long-awaited triumph, the only attribute of the tournament that only the strongest team can win.
World Championship trophy arrives in Moscow
9 kilos of happiness on Russian soil
Published 04:00, 20 Aug 2021
A day after FIVB President Ary Graça handed over the trophy to 2012 Olympic champion Sergey Tetyukhin at the FIVB Headquarters in Lausanne, the trophy of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship arrived in Russia.
When the Trophy arrived, it travelled around Moscow in Tetyukhin’s hands. 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 Coil, promising World Championship spectators an electrifying tournament in 2022.
The trophy's journey also took it to the VTB Arena, where the Final Six of the World Championship will be played next year.
New Trophy story
The World Championship trophy's 12 individual pieces represent the 12 players in a team. Its elegance reflects the beauty of the volleyball game.
Its 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.
So far only Team Poland have their name engraved on the trophy after they won the World Championships in 2014 and 2018.
The trophy will now be presented to a wide audience. And in February 2022, it will begin its tour around the host cities of the World Championship in Russia so that fans can see it ahead of the big event set to take place from August 26 to September 11.