The Polish national volleyball team secured Olympic qualification. After the last match of the tournament in Łódź, Joanna Wołosz’s statement became loud. The captain of the national team referred to the controversial statement, saying that she had nothing to blame.
The Polish representatives have already entered the league season for good. After qualifying for the Olympic Games, they didn’t have much time to rest because they had club duties waiting for them. Shortly after the end of the competition in Łódź, Joanna Wołosz had to go to Conegliano, where she is playing for the local Imoco for another season.
Joanna Wołosz returns to the controversial statement
Joanna Wołosz did not take part in the first part of the season. The injury prevented her from participating in the Nations League, which ended with Poland winning a bronze medal. She returned before the European Championships, taking part in both the Belgian tournament and the Olympic qualifications in Łódź.
After the last match of the tournament against Italy, the setter gave Polsat Sport and TVP Sport statements in which she admitted that she had felt a lot of hate in the previous weeks. Although she admitted that she did not present the form that fans had previously accustomed her to, she believed that she did not deserve such treatment. In an interview for Przegląd Sportowy Onet, the Imoco player maintained her words, adding that the moment after the great success was appropriate for such a statement.
– It started before the European Championships, when, despite winning the sparring with Turkey, the blame for everything was put on me. And I just didn’t want people who were constantly “coming after me” to suddenly start calling me a hero when I came off the bench and we won against the Italians. I know that after that match there was great euphoria that we, the fans and the journalists felt, but I wouldn’t go back on my words. I think it was a good moment to say it, Wołosz said.
Polish women will play at the Olympic Games
The women’s volleyball Olympic tournament will be held in Paris from July 27 to August 11. Polish women last appeared at the Olympics in 2008. Marco Bonitta’s team did not make it out of the group at that time.