Volleyball

Five nations advance to second round of Volleyball Women's World Championship

By Daniel Etchells

The Belgium team celebrate after beating Puerto Rico and securing their passage into the second round ©Getty ImagesBulgaria, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Belgium and Azerbaijan all claimed their place in the second round of the International Volleyball Federation Women's World Championship as the Pool stage concluded in Italy. 

Second round line-up nearing completion at Volleyball Women's World Championship

By Daniel Etchells

Brazil in action against Turkey ©Getty ImagesThe second round of the International Volleyball Federation Women's World Championship is taking shape with 11 of the 16 teams confirmed going into the final day of Pool matches in Italy. 

Turkey suffer first loss at hands of battling Bulgarians in tight Volleyball Women's World Championship match

By Zjan Shirinian

Bulgaria heaped the pressure on Turkey to end their unbeaten record in five tense sets ©Getty Images for FIVBOne of the eight unbeaten teams heading into day three of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship, Turkey, have fallen to a defeat in a tense five set tussle.

Favourites assert dominance on day two of Volleyball Women's World Championship

By Paul Osborne

Tournament favourites asserted their dominance on the FIVB Volleyball Womens World Championships on day two of competition ©Getty ImagesTournament favourites have begun to assert their dominance at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship in Italy, as they once again confirm their supremacy on the world stage.

British-Iranian citizen charged with "propaganda against the regime" after attending FIVB volleyball match in Iran

By Paul Osborne

Ghoncheh Ghavami has been officially charged with "propaganda against the regime" after attending a mens volleyball match in Tehran ©Change.orgA British-Iranian citizen arrested for attending a men's volleyball match in Tehran has been formally charged with "propaganda against the regime" - an offence that carries a possible prison term of several years.

Exclusive: Probe after Russian volleyball player "spat at Polish politician" and made "machine gun" gesture at fans

By Paul Osborne

Alexey Spiridonov is facing the FIVB Disciplianry Panel after allegedly spitting at a fan during the Volleyball World Championships ©Getty ImagesInternational Volleyball Federation (FIVB) President Dr Ary S Graça has said the actions of Russian volleyball star Alexy Spiridonov during the World Championships in Poland are "unacceptable" after he allegedly spat at a local politician and mimicked a machine gun action at fans.

Azerbaijan shock Japan on opening day of Women's World Volleyball Championships

By Duncan Mackay 

Azerbaijan celebrate their victory over Japan at the FIVB Women's World Championships in Bari ©Getty ImagesAzerbaijan puled off a shock victory on the opening day of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championships when they beat Japan in the opening round of matches at the PalaFlorio in Bari.

Exclusive: FIVB cannot interfere in Iranian ban on women at volleyball, claims President Graça

By Paul Osborne

Women in Iran are currently banned from attending volleyball matches ©iranhumanrights.orgInternational Volleyball Federation President (FIVB) Dr Ary S Graça has claimed there should be an "intelligent" and "clever" way to resolve the issue of women's attendance at matches in Iran but will not get directly involved following the arrest of British-Iranian citizen Ghoncheh Ghavami.

Volleyball could be biggest sport at Rio 2016, claims FIVB President following successful World Championship

By Paul Osborne at the Qubus Hotel in Katowice

FIVB President Ary Graça congratulates the President of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, on a successful FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship ©FIVBAry Graça, President of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), believes his sport could be the biggest discipline at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games following the huge success of the World Championship here in Poland.
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