Summer 2015 - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 5:20 pm MST

posted Feb 10, 2017, 6:14 AM by Ashley Lee
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 5:20 pm MST

Here are the ‘infamous’ Canadians on the Volleyball Control Committee - Lorne, Mark Tennant (SK), Ed Toews (MB), Melanie Sanford (SK), Pierre Farmer (QB) and Malcolm Russo (ON).

Volleyball starts today and goes right through until the 13th of July. All teams play for a final placing regardless of the earlier outcomes. There are 21 Men’s Teams and 16 women’s. For the first time ever at the FISU Games are Zimbabwe Women and Colombia Men and Women. Including training halls there are 13 venues that have to be staffed and FISU has 21 sports now in these Games. In actuality this is a bigger event for volleyball than the one held at the Olympics.

Favourites for men are past FISU Champion - Russia, host Korea, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Iran, and Ukraine. For the women the favourites are Host Korea, past FISU Champion - Russia, China, Brazil, Japan and Ukraine. Canada Men arrived late and will be troubled as their first round draw today is Iran. Iran is very tough so they will have their hands full. As the top two teams move forward this is a must win for them when they least want it. Russia will prove difficult for them if they lose today vs Iran. The women lost a training match to Finland but they feel that it did help them to prepare and get the bugs out. They have a good chance to advance from their pool if they beat either Turkey or Thailand. Zimbabwe, in their pool, will not be a problem. I hear that Turkey women are very strong and picked by some that I know to be the ‘dark horse’ in the competition.

I have 4 matches today as a Jury member so it will be a long day.I have 3 men’s matches: CHN-MEX, BRA-HGK, COL-CHI and one women’s match TPE-RUS. My picks after the first round!