Just being here is not enough for us - Stephane Antiga


Left to right, Julio Velasco (ARG), Nicolas Vives (CUB), Raul Lozano (IRI), Sherif El Shemerly (EGY), Stephane Antiga (POL), Vladimir Alekno (RUS) after the Press Conference for Rio 2016.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5, 2016 - Reigning world champions Poland made it through to Rio 2016 on their third try, but coach Stephane Antiga says this is not enough.

"We have been through three Olympic qualifiers and we are happy to be here -but this is not enough for us," said the 40-year-old Frenchman at the official Press Conference of the men's Olympic Volleyball Tournament.

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Antiga hopes to lead Poland to their second Olympic gold, after their success at the Montreal 1976 Games.

During the qualification process, Poland narrowly missed out on a direct Olympic ticket after finishing third at the 2015 FIVB World Cup and then failed to go through at the European Olympic qualifiers last January in Berlin.

They eventually did get their ticket to Rio punched when they topped the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in June in Tokyo.

Here's what the other coaches of men's Pool B had to say at the official Press Conference of Rio 2016:

Julio Velasco, Argentina: "This is a historical moment for volleyball at the Olympic Games, because for the first time we have so many teams that can play for gold. All the matches are very difficult and the final outcome is impossible to predict. Our first goal is to make it to the quartefinals."

Nicolas Vives, Cuba: "It's very important for Cuba to be taking part in Rio 2016, because we return to the Olympics for the first time since 2000, when I was still a player. We will give our best, but the pool is tough and difficult to predict. We will play with courage."

Sherif El Shemerly, Egypt: "Our dream has come true. This group is very tough, but we will do our best -we have to do our best."

Raul Lozano, Iran: "It's very important for Iran to do well, because this is our first Olympic Games. Rio 2016 is very special for me as a Latin American, as the Olympic Games come to South America for the very first time. There are many candidates for gold here but we will do our best to be amongst the top four."

Vladimir Alekno, Russia: "For the next two weeks we will have huge fights every day, but we are very happy to be here."


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