MINSK, 30 August (BelTA) – The Belarusian men's volleyball national team won the 16th edition of the Viacheslav Platonov Memorial in St Petersburg, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Volleyball Federation.
Viktor Beksha's men went through the tournament without a single defeat. In the final they beat Belogorie Belgorod 3-1. Belarus won the Viacheslav Platonov Memorial in 2012.
The tournament was also won by Zenit St Petersburg, Dynamo LO, JT Thunders, Lase-R Riga, Russia's Izumrud, Guberniya, Zenit Kazan, and Belogorie.
Viacheslav Platonov is a legendary Soviet and Russian coach, under whose guidance the USSR national team from 1977 to 1985 won all tournaments in which it participated: 1980 Olympic Games, six European Championships, two World Championships (1978, 1982) and three World Cups (1977, 1981, 1991). In 2001, Viacheslav Platonov, together with Japanese coach Yasutaka Matsudaira, was named the best volleyball coach of the 20th century. In 2002, Viacheslav Platonov was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame.