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17/10/2017 17:33
CEV President pleased with outcome of high-profile meetings in Ukraine
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Kyiv, Ukraine, October 17, 2017. Earlier this week, CEV President Aleksandar Boričić travelled to Ukraine accompanied by CEV Board Member Zdeslav Barač to attend the annual Supercup of Ukraine held this year in the city of Cherkasy and have a series of high-profile meetings with local authorities. The two-day visit was somehow a historic one, since for the first time since the country’s independence and the breakup of the former Soviet Union a CEV President paid a visit to Ukraine, thus acknowledging the steady rise of Ukrainian Volleyball and its role on the international stage.   

The annual Cup of Ukraine matches held in Cherkasy on Sunday were a true Volleyball party, which culminated with Khimik YUZHNY and Lokomotiv KHARKIV claiming the women’s and men’s top honours, respectively to cement their status of leading forces on the domestic arena.

The CEV President awarded the captains of the winning teams together with the President of the Ukrainian Volleyball Federation, Mr Mykhaylo Melnik. “I have spotted a few very talented, young Volleyball players,” the CEV President commented after the matches. “This means that Ukraine can count on a group of highly promising players who can complement the current members of the national teams, so all conditions are there to improve the latest results and achievements.”

A number of illustrious guests attended the event in Cherkasy as well, namely Volodymyr Ivanov, an Olympic champion from the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, and Olena Sokolovska (Akhaminova), who won gold with the Soviet national team at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.

After attending the matches in Cherkasy, Mr Boričić had a high profile meeting with Mr Roman Greba, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Education and Science, and they agreed on the importance of promoting Volleyball at school in order to grow the next generation of players. The CEV President took the opportunity to praise the results achieved by Ukraine’s national teams at this year’s University Games in Taipei, where the men finished fourth and the women claimed the bronze medals.

Next on the agenda, before the CEV President travelled further to Armenia, was a meeting with Ukraine’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Igor Zhdanov, with whom he discussed, among other things, the CEV’s plans for the development of Snow Volleyball, hoping that this discipline will one day feature on the programme of the Winter Olympic Games. Mr Boričić emphasised the importance of starting with its development as quickly as possible, knowing that this would imply a competitive advantage on the international stage. Mr Zhdanov showed his confidence that Snow Volleyball can rapidly grow in Ukraine – and expressed the hope that this sport would follow the same process as Basketball 3x3, where Ukraine have achieved many successes after being among the pioneers in its promotion.

After two action-packed days, the CEV President was extremely pleased with the meetings he had while staying in Ukraine and with the feedback received from the local authorities, so the CEV and the Ukrainian Volleyball Federation are now committed to working closely together for the good of the sport in Ukraine and across the whole of Europe as well.

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