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17/03/2020 09:00
Snow Weekly - March 17, 2020
CEV EuroSnowVolley 2020, CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour 2020

Luxembourg, March 17, 2020.  Welcome to Snow Weekly, CEV’s digest of news from the exciting world of Snow Volleyball, coming out every Tuesday throughout the CEV European Tour season. With the season prematurely over because of the coronavirus pandemic, this is set to be the last issue for the time being.


• In addition to the two CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour 2020 stops in Italy (Tarvisio and Plan de Corones / Kronplatz), which were cancelled earlier, the remaining two tournaments on the CEV Snow Volleyball season calendar – the European Tour stop in Wagrain and the European Championship in St. Anton am Arlberg, both in Austria – got cancelled as well on Friday, as part of humankind’s efforts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, thus putting an end to the season prematurely. Read more…

• The first FIVB Snow Volleyball World Tour 2020 stop, supposed to have taken place in Erciyes - Kayseri, Turkey over the weekend, was postponed to December. Read more…


• With the 2020 European Tour now officially over, the season’s final rankings point to Russia’s Ruslan Daianov, Vladislav Mikhalev, Vsevolod Bobrikov and Yury Bogatov as the 2020 Kings of the Snow and to Lithuania’s Lilija Frelik and Svetlana Bekis-Sturo as the 2020 Queens of the Snow. The four Russian teammates achieved two gold and one silver medals, or a total of 290 points each, in 2020. For Daianov (2018 King of the Snow) and Bogatov (2019 King of the Snow), this is the second time to reign over Europe. First-time royals Frelik and Bekis also medalled at all three stops on this year’s Tour, collecting 250 points each from one silver and two bronze medal finishes. Congratulations, Your Snow Majesties! Full rankings...


• All other events, announced in last issue’s SNOWPATH – the national championships of Slovenia and Spain and the tournament in Switzerland – have also been suspended.

• Newly elected president of the Bulgarian national federation Lubomir Ganev vowed to turn the city of Smolyan and the nearby world-class winter resort of Pamporovo into the country’s future Snow Volleyball centre. Find out more...

• Snow Volley Italia has already announced the dates of their Grand Finale in Prato Nevoso next year – April 3 through 5, 2021! Find out more...

Presenting Snow Volleyball player Panna Gyori

Panna Gyori was born on February 20, 1991 in Budapest, Hungary. She was almost 16 years old, when she got into Volleyball, eventually playing in Hungary’s first division until 2015, before switching to Beach Volleyball. On the sand, she participated in two CEV tournaments in 2017. Over the next two years she made seven appearances on the FIVB World Tour. Gyori stormed Snow Volleyball with a bang – in 2018 she and her partner Eszter Lutter won the Hungarian national championship and qualified for the first European Championship. At their first international appearance, they reached the semifinals at the European Tour stop at Plan de Corones / Kronplatz and a week later they finished ninth at the inaugural EuroSnowVolley 2018 in Wagrain-Kleinarl & Flachau. Since Snow Volleyball adopted the three-a-side format Gyori has been on the national team of Hungary, earning two ninth places, at Moscow in the 2018-2019 season and at the most recent stop on the European Tour – at Donovaly 2020.

Hungarian pair Panna Gyori (left) & Eszter Lutter enjoying the first EuroSnowVolley in Austria

Panna Gyori: “My life could be divided into two major parts: my profession and sports. As a veterinarian, I need to be constantly focused and my job is very stressful. After work, when I arrive at the Beach Volleyball courts, I can finally forget everything and then – Beach Volleyball foreveeeeeeeer!!! I started playing Volleyball rather late as I was almost 16 years old. I played indoors until I discovered my true love for Beach Volleyball. This discipline just fits me much better, so I quit indoor and tried to do my best on the sand. 2018 was the first year I ever played Snow Volleyball. I won the gold medal at our national competition with my teammate Eszter Lutter. Both of us fell totally in love with this sport. Skiing is one of my hobbies so, naturally, I liked the snow, the beautiful surroundings, and, of course, the restaurants on top of the mountains. All Snow Volleyball players have a typical fun feel, which makes it very enjoyable to participate. At EuroSnowVolley 2018 we finished ninth and we really wanted to play for better placement this year, but, unfortunately, the anti-coronavirus measures destroyed our plans. 2x2 and 3x3 games can be very different and difficult. It takes time to build a good system and I believe our team will play well at the next tournament. Luckily, the CEV organises lots of competitions every year, where we can play, gain experience and just enjoy ourselves... People tell me I have quite a good personality as I truly think that giving a smile to somebody is the easiest thing to do. I try to be patient and kind to everybody (although my family might disagree with that occasionally). My teammates are always annoyed by me constantly saying ‘sorry’. I am sure whenever the Hungarian girls play, the mood on the court is always super fun and focused at the same time.”

Panni and Eszti are obviously not afraid of the cold on top of the Alps


While most future tournaments on the Snow Volleyball calendar have been suspended because of the coronavirus, here is a list of announced events, of which we have no cancellation information at this point:

April 15 - 18: National championship finals in Sheregesh, Russia - more...
April 17 - 19: National championship in Rjukan, Norway - more...
August 20 - 23: FIVB World Tour in Bariloche, Argentina - more...



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