9 August, the Official partner of the Russian Olympic Team 2004 and the Official partner of the men`s national volleyball team of Russia - Vneshtorgbank and the All-Russian Volleyball Federation have held a joint press conference at which a summary of the readiness of the Russian men`s national team to attend the 28th Olympic Games in Athens was made.
The Senior Vice-president of Vneshtorgbank, Vasily Titov, stated: "the Bank did not casually become the official partner of the men`s national volleyball team in Russia. It is one of the strongest teams in the history of Russian sports. We are sure that our national team will perform well at the Olympics.
The Vice-president of the All-Russia Volleyball Federation, Valentine Zhukov, also has expressed his confidence that Russia`s national volleyball team has every chance to gain a long-awaited victory at the Olympics in Athens. The chance they will achieve this is considerably increased due to the partnership with Vneshtorgbank and the support of the actions of the All-Russian Volleyball Federation from the Russian Olympic Committee.
Vneshtorgbank is providing financial support to the Russian men`s national volleyball team for their preparation and participation in Russia`s Olympic Team at the 28th Olympic Games in Athens.
Russia`s national volleyball team has achieved success at some of the largest international competitions: the World Cup 1999 and the World League 2002, silver medals at the last Olympic Games and the World Championships 2003.