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12/06/2016 16:51
Volleyball Ambassador committed to grow participation in love of his life
2016 European Volleyball Gala

Rome, Italy, June 12, 2016. Sergey Tetyukhin is a real Volleyball legend, and not only in his native Russia. The 40-year-old outside spiker has marched from triumph to triumph in a career spanning more than 20 years since he won gold at the 1994 CEV U20 Men European Championship in Turkey. The gold medallist from the London 2012 Olympics was one of the major stars honoured on Thursday night at the 2016 European Volleyball Gala and he truly deserved the award he was presented with – the Male Volleyball Ambassador of the Year!

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Tetyukhin had travelled to Rome straight from the camp of the Russian national team he is attending in the outskirts of Moscow and where the ‘Sbornaya’ – as the Russian team is also known – is working very hard in order to try to retain the Olympic gold medal they won four years ago at London 2012.

Though his resume includes an almost endless list of medals and honours from all major national and international competitions, Tetyukhin seemed overwhelmed with joy on Thursday night when receiving this unique distinction from the hands of CEV President Aleksandar Boričić.  

“It is the first time I am presented with such an award,” he said, “and I would like to thank the European Volleyball Confederation for attributing such honour to me. It is also a big responsibility at the same time since I understand the importance of this role. I have devoted my entire life to the game I love and my wish is to give something back, with a focus on the younger generations.”

Tetyukhin continued: “As people may know, Volleyball is a very popular sport in Russia but we also face some stiff competition from the likes of soccer, basketball and ice hockey. I am very motivated to work hard to further grow Volleyball across the whole of Russia. What really matters to me is that the young generations are provided with opportunities to play the game and more in general, to get involved in sport. In this sense being appointed the Volleyball Ambassador of the Year reflects my wish to inspire young people to play the game and grow it even further while focussing on mass participation.”

Though by far the oldest member of the Russian national team, Tetyukhin’s contribution was instrumental to Russia’s qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics, especially in the semi-final match that the players coached by Vladimir Alekno won against hosts Germany at the European Olympic Qualifier held in January this year in Berlin.

Tetyukhin’s success story is set to continue, also off the court: “I have been playing Volleyball since I was a little child and have spent my entire life in the game. Volleyball is my life and my love. My wish is to be a role model for the youth, especially for the young boys and girls who start playing Volleyball. I would like to find a way to pass my experience on to them. I wish for Volleyball to keep on growing, day after day, at every corner of this world.” 

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