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16/09/2020 10:30
#EuroBeachVolley sends message of hope, players praise safe environment
CEV EuroBeachVolley 2020

Luxembourg, September 16, 2020. The much-awaited CEV EuroBeachVolley 2020 started on Tuesday on Majori beach in Jurmala, Latvia, with the first round of the women’s competition and players openly admitting that they very much cherish the opportunity to compete at the highest level in what has been a disrupted season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, the hygiene and health protocols devised by the CEV in close cooperation with the local organisers and their authorities account for an environment where the top European Beach Volleyball players feel safe and can focus on what their actual job and mission is – performing to the best of their abilities!

The CEV and the Organising Committee had agreed already weeks ago on very strict procedures to follow upon arrival of players and other delegation members, with COVID-19 tests undertaken on site to prevent the risk of infection. On Tuesday evening, after reporting four positive tests involving athletes from Austria, Russia and Ukraine and isolating those players as per the protocol in place, the CEV confirmed the names of the 32 men’s teams vying for continental glory.

The very strict protocols in place have allowed to identify those infected with the virus straight upon their arrival in Riga and to curb any potential spread of the infection. Teams can now focus on the competition and enjoy the opportunity to play for the European title – something that only a few months ago may have looked impossible and quite unrealistic.

“We are very happy for every game that we can play. We are really enjoying being on the court and we are looking forward to playing again. We can just be grateful for everything because organising something is not easy this year,” said Margareta Kozuch of Germany on Tuesday.

Margareta Kozuch (right) is among the players to have expressed their satisfaction with the opportunity to play for the continental crown in such a difficult year

Nina Betschart, a 2018 EuroBeachVolley silver medal winner for Switzerland, echoes the same feelings: “It feels amazing. I think it is really cool that we can still play the European Championship even in times of coronavirus, and I think they do a great job here to make us feel safe.”

With ideal weather conditions, especially for mid-September, players and fans can now look forward to a week filled with Beach Volleyball action, which will be reaching its climax on Saturday and Sunday with the crowning of the new women’s and men’s European champions!

Click here for further information or visit the official event website

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