Victory against Giannelli and Canada
The first South Tyrolean was also in action. Simone Gianelli led the Italy national volleyball team to an early 3–2 win over Canada. The only thing that matters is the victory, the way it is built is unimportant, even if it is difficult, the 24-year-old said soon after the match at the Ariake Arena. In the first sentence, Giannelli of all people had a chance to close the sentence. Instead, Canada received both sentences. Star attacker Ivan Zaitsev had a bad day. But recently when Giannelli converted the set ball 2-2, Italy were back on track and won the tie-breaker in the end. However, Giannelli appeared for the interview after the game with a thigh bandage. Giannelli does not yet know exactly what he has suffered, but he remains optimistic. The toughest match is on Monday, against world champions Poland.
Vivarelli only at the opening ceremony
Since Giannelli had to exit, he skipped the opening ceremony. The only South Tyrolean who marched was Deborah Vivarelli. The table tennis player from Kaltern was excited about this unique experience. She also wants to inspire records with her Olympic debut. In the afternoon (2.45 in South Tyrol), Jian Feng Le, a Chinese woman playing for Australia, meets. It won’t be easy, even if the rival is behind Vivarelli in the world rankings.
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