Historic Debut: Men’s Volleyball Club World Championships Kick Off in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, December 5, 2023- Bengaluru is set to witness a historic moment in the realm of Indian volleyball as it hosts the Men’s Volleyball Club World Championships for the first time. The tournament, a significant milestone for Indian volleyball, will showcase top-notch competition and feature the reigning champions, Ahmedabad Defenders, from the RuPay Prime Volleyball League Season 2.

Srajan Shetty, a Karnataka player representing Ahmedabad Defenders, expressed the significance of the event during a press conference, saying, “It is an immense privilege and a matter of pride for us to participate in the Men’s Volleyball Club World Championships on home soil. This tournament provides us with a golden opportunity to play with the best in the world and showcase the true potential of Indian Volleyball.”

The marquee competition, set to be broadcast on Sony Sports Network, will also include powerhouse teams like reigning champions Sir Safety Susa Perugia from Italy, four-time winners Sada Cruzeiro Volei from Brazil, Minas Tênis Clube (Ittambe Minas), making their third appearance, Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds Club, and Turkey’s Halkbank Spor Kulübü, making their tournament debut.

Wilfredo Leon, captain of Sir Safety Susa Perugia, expressed high expectations, stating, “We come here with a lot of expectations and positive energy to retain the title. Winning in India would be huge for our team and a great way to show volleyball’s growth in India.”

Aleksandar Boricic, FIVB Second Executive VP and CEV President, conveyed his delight at bringing the tournament to India, acknowledging the country’s growing presence in international volleyball. Tuhin Mishra, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Baseline Ventures, emphasized the significance of the competition and expressed gratitude to FIVB for providing this opportunity.


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