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First audit for 2013 European Championships staged in Luxembourg

Luxembourg, May 7, 2010. A couple of joint bids for the organization of the 2013 CEV European Championships were submitted this afternoon to the attention of an internal committee consisting of CEV President André Meyer, CEV Senior Vice President and Treasurer Philip Berben and CEV Vice President Jan Hronek. The Finnish and Estonian Volleyball Associations have been working out a common candidature to welcome the very best men’s national teams in about two years, with the competition to be eventually staged in Tampere (FIN) and Tallinn (EST). On the other hand, Germany and Switzerland are running for the organization of the 2013 CEV Women’s European Championship.
Finland already hosted the Men’s European Championship back in 1993, namely in the cities of Oulu and Turku, with the glorious Italian national team topping there the charts ahead of The Netherlands and Russia. This time the Finnish Volleyball Association is closely working together with partner Estonia and submitted a bid that would bring back the European elite to the “Suomi” after 20 years. The city of Tampere, and namely the local Ice Hockey sports hall, is a familiar venue also for the FIVB World League and is ready to stage a first-class event. “We enjoy the full support of our National Olympic Committee as well as of the city of Tampere” says Mrs. Hanna Iiskola-Kesonen, Secretary General of the Finnish Volleyball Association. “Our Federations have been working closely together for the past 19 years and we would like to extend our mutual cooperation with the organization of a major international event. A series of young officials have been emerging in both countries and we feel that we have the right ambitions and devotion to set up a splendid Volleyball party in Tampere and Tallinn”.
Finland and Estonia will have a very tough competitor in their race to get the Championship as Poland and Denmark are also jointly bidding for organizing this competition.
Germany and Switzerland are also partners in their quest for being allotted the organization of the 2013 CEV Women’s European Championship. That would be the very first major international Volleyball event to be held in Switzerland (namely in the city of Zurich) after the final four of the CEV Indesit Champions League played there in 2007 and a junior European Championship back in 2000. “This Championship would be a major highlight for our country” says the President of Swiss Volley Christoph Stern. “Our bid profits of the real mutual understanding between our respective countries, we are very close in terms of our mentality, language and approach to the sport. After we staged the Beach Volleyball World Championship in Gstaad, this competition would certainly serve as a major boost for Volleyball across the country. We have a long-term development program for our national team, we expect to play the European League starting from next year and be ready for a home Championship” concludes Mr. Stern. The competition venues in Germany would be Berlin, Schwerin, Dresden and another city located in Western Germany still to be finalized (most probably Stuttgart or Halle/Westfalen).
The organizers of the 2013 CEV European Championships will be officially appointed next October 16 during the XXXI CEV General Assembly which is set to take place in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

The CEV "auditors" together with the German-Swiss delegation

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