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16/10/2010 00:00
Organizers of future events are appointed, premiere for Denmark and Switzerland

Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 16, 2010. After a very close run, the major Volleyball event coming up in 2013, i.e. the final round of the Men’s European Championship, went to Poland and Denmark who cruised past another common bid presented by Finland and Estonia. The two Federations are very much looking forward to turning this Championship into a massive festival, with thousands of people being expected to resume to Copenhagen for the final games that will be played in the local football stadium upon adapting the facilities to the specific needs of Volleyball. Mr. Jacobsen and Mr. Przdepelski, who have been heading the bid, agreed upon their intention to use this Championship as a chance to foster a huge leap forward in the way an international Volleyball event is traditionally conceived and enjoyed.
“We are looking forward to hosting these events. The transfer of knowledge and know-how both with regards to development and practical experience within our federations will ensure a wonderful experience for all participants and supporters alike. As our first joint bid we are looking forward to working with Poland and learning from their Volleyball experience” said Mr. Jacobsen, President of the Danish Volleyball Federation.
Venues of this Championship will be Herning, Aarhus, Odense and Copenhagen for Denmark, plus Gdynia and Gdansk in Poland.

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The 2013 CEV European Championship – Women will be organized in early September in Germany and Switzerland. The finals are to be played in Berlin, at the splendid Max-Schmeling-Halle, whereas Zurich will be the Swiss venue hosting quite a few matches of the prelims. Mr. Werner von Moltke, President of the German Volleyball Federation, was really honored to be allotted the organization of this event, marking the return of top Volleyball after a short break since the 2003 Men’s European Championship. “We will do our best to welcome you all and stage a memorable competition. Thank you very much for your trust, it is the very first time that our Federation has the chance to organize a European Championship and this will testify that our country is back in the international arena with its national teams” said on the other hand Mr. Christoph Stern, President of Swiss Volley.

The 2012 CEV Junior European Championships have been allotted to Denmark/Poland (men) and Turkey (women). The joint bid prepared by Denmark and Poland foresees preliminary rounds in Randers (DEN) and Rewal (POL), with the final stage of the competition to be played in this Polish spa resort that already hosted some international matches in the past. Randers, on the other side, is a real sports city featuring a splendid arena that was already used for some games of the handball’s Champions League.
The women will play in Turkey, namely in Ankara, using the same facilities – located in the TVF Volleyball complex – that are going to be used for the 2011 CEV Youth European Championships.

The 2013 CEV Youth European Championships will be organized in Serbia/Bosnia & Herzegovina (Boys) respectively in Serbia and Montenegro (Girls).

More echoes from Ljubljana…

After the opening officiated by CEV President André Meyer and FIVB President Jizhong Wei, the XXXI General Assembly continued with the reports prepared by the Presidents of the various Commissions established according to the CEV Statutes. Very impressive results and figures were shared by all Commissions, spanning from finances, Cups, etc. thus confirming once again the very healthy state of European Volleyball nowadays.
CEV Vice President Aleksandar Boricic was recently appointed as Board Coordinator for the Coaches Commission that CEV officially established right before this General Assembly as per FIVB recommendation. Mr. Philippe Blain of France was named President of this new Commission up to the next elections to be staged in 2011; additional members of this body are Mikael Trolle (Denmark), Antti Paananen (Finland), Jörg Ahmann (Germany) and Grzegorz Rys (Poland). Some more may be added to the count upon candidatures to be submitted by the National Federations in the next months especially in order to have there top coaches currently working for high-level men’s and women’s top teams. The Board meeting scheduled for January 2011 will eventually complete the composition of the Coaches Commission that will be working both for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball, thus marking a difference with the similar body already existing in FIVB. Mr. Boricic recommended the creation of a Coaches Commission also in the various Zonal Associations to strengthen the interaction with all those that experience Volleyball on court every single day.

The four Zonal Associations (BVA, EEVZA, MEVZA, NEVZA) as well as the Small Countries Division stepped on stage to convey the main facts and figures of their yearly reports, which were openly praised by CEV President André Meyer especially for the attention and devotion showed in the promotion of competitions specifically conceived for the youth.

Another topic included in the agenda was the update about the ongoing preparations for the next major events coming up in the near future. Austria and the Czech Republic showed a very captivating video recapping the concept worked out for the 2011 EuroVolley that will run next September across four venues (Vienna, Innsbruck, Prague and Karlovy Vary). This is the very first time these countries are cooperating for the organization of an international sport event and a large promotional campaign was already launched to get as much attention as possible, especially from the young generations.

Italy and Serbia, venues of the 2011 CEV European Championship – Women showed a video full of intensity and emotions, accompanied by the splendid violin of Uto Ughi, to spread goose bump across the audience; Busto Arsizio, Monza, Zrenjanin and Belgrade are very much looking forward to an event that will connect not only two nations, but also thousands of fans based in these two Volleyball powerhouses.

Turkey is speeding up the preparations for next year’s CEV Youth European Championships which will be played for both categories (boys and girls) in Ankara, with the main venue being the impressive Baskent sports hall located in the TVF Volleyball complex that was inaugurated this past February and already hosted numerous international matches, including the final four of the 2010 CEV European League – Women.

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