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16/04/2018 18:38
CEV President discusses ambitious plans with Bulgaria’s Sports Minister
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Sofia, Bulgaria, April 16, 2018. On Monday, CEV President Mr Aleksandar Boričić had a high profile meeting with Bulgaria’s Sports Minister Mr Krasen Kralev in Sofia, where the 2018 CEV U17 Volleyball European Championship – Women is currently taking place. They discussed, among other things, plans for the organisation of the 2021 women’s EuroVolley and for matches of this competition to take place in Sofia.

The 2021 edition of the European Championship will be taking place across four countries, similarly to what will happen in 2019. Mr Kralev confirmed to the CEV President that Bulgaria is ready to host matches from the group phase up to the semis. There are plans for matches to take place in Romania while discussions are ongoing with Croatia and Czech Republic as well.

Mr Kralev stressed that there is a strong generation of promising young female players in Bulgaria and these could represent the backbone of the senior national team in 2021. Bulgaria started evaluating plans for the organisation of the 2021 women’s EuroVolley after the Bulgarian U23 national team won a bronze medal from the 2017 edition of the FIVB World Championship for that age group.
“I would like to thank you for the good cooperation between CEV and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Bulgaria. I believe that with the organisation of the upcoming FIVB Men’s World Championship that will be hosted by Italy and Bulgaria later this year and with the 2021 EuroVolley, we will manage to increase the interest for Volleyball in Bulgaria,” Mr Kralev said.

“Making Volleyball more popular in as many countries as possible is very important to us and this is why we decided to have this policy – to provide more countries with the opportunity to host major events,” Mr Boričić said.

The CEV President discussed the possibility to organise special courses for physical education teachers and for the best of them to participate in a coaching symposium that the CEV will organise in 2019. Mr Boričić informed Mr Kralev that one of the priorities set by the CEV is to develop Snow Volleyball, since this could feature on the programme of future Winter Olympics, hopefully in 2026.

Mr Kralev invited Mr Boričić to present the Snow Volleyball project at the conference “Sport for everybody as an instrument for integrity and bridge between traditions and innovations” that will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria in June as part of the events organised by the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union. Both also discussed opportunities for the development of Beach Volleyball in Bulgaria.

Mr Dancho Lazarov, President of the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation and member of the CEV Board of Administration, attended the meeting with Mr Kralev as well.

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