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Cult volleyball coach and setter Vyacheslav Zaitsev died KXan 36 Daily News

Date: April 24, 2024 Time: 08:13:04

A student of volleyball from St. Petersburg and a student of the famous mentor Vyacheslav Platonov, in the prime of his playing career, he was considered a reference master in the role of setter, the best on the planet, a passing genius who was far ahead. of his time. Ten years ago, the owner of many titles, Vyacheslav Zaitsev, was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame, which is located in the homeland of the game in the American city of Holyoke.

“In addition to colossal sporting achievements, Vyacheslav Alekseevich was an incredibly kind, open and sympathetic person with a big heart. For the entire volleyball community, this is a huge and irreparable loss,” the Russian Volleyball Federation (VVF) said in a statement. a declaration.

In addition to winning the highest prize at the Moscow Olympics, Zaitsev won the 1978 and 1982 world championships with the Soviet Union team, took silver at the 1976 and 1988 Summer Games, the World Cups in 1977 and 1981 and became European champion seven times.

Having loaned nearly two dozen seasons to the St. Petersburg Avtomobilist, in the last years of his playing career Zaitsev played in Italy, where he and his wife, former swimming world record holder Irina Pozdnyakova, had a son, Ivan, who He continued to follow in his father’s footsteps. Zaitsev Jr. – two-time Olympic medalist in the Italian national team, in the Russian championship he played for the capital’s “Dynamo” and Kemerovo “Kuzbass”. As a coach, Vyacheslav Zaitsev worked with our adult team, and with the “youth team”, in Belgorod “Belogorye”, the Kaliningrad club “Dynamo-Yantar”, in Voronezh “Crystal”.

– One of the most memorable events of my playing career – a match on the field of the Maracan football stadium in Rio de Janeiro with the Brazilian national team, – recalled Vyacheslav Zaitsev in an interview with RG. – Then more than one hundred thousand spectators gathered in the stands. But it’s still more of a game show. In terms of the degree of personal emotions, it is unlikely that anything can be compared with victories at the Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cups. Later, as the father of a volleyball player, I sometimes had a hard time. For example, in 2013, in the final of the European Championship, the Russian team played against Italy with Ivan in the squad. Many people asked: who did I support? But for no one. Just enjoying some great volleyball.

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