F I V B  FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE VOLLEYBALL
PRESS RELEASE 16.04.2004

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CEV awards Champions League clubs

Luxembourg, April 16, 2004 - As a result of the overall success of the Indesit European Champions League, of which the final rounds took place on the last weekend of March, the CEV awarded prizes for the most outstanding clubs in the categories Ďorganizationí and Ďpressí. Russian Lokomotiv BELGOROD and TENERIFE Marichal from Spain won the CEV awards for their outstanding Final Four organization. Austrian VIENNA hotVolleys and the Croatian Mladost ZAGREB won the prize for the best media work.

Being the strongest club competition in the world, with 15 participant teams in the womenís draw and 20 teams in the menís draw, the organization of the Indesit European Champions League competition is a challenging task. Over a period of six months (from October 2003 until March 2004), a total of 70 matches in the menís event and 40 in the womenís event took place in 19 different European countries. In order to thank the host clubs for investing such a huge amount of time and effort to make this tournament happen, the CEV, for the second year running, rewarded selected clubs for their outstanding organizational skills during this major event.

This year, the prestigious CEV award goes to the Indesit European Champions League titleholders Lokomotiv BELGOROD and TENERIFE Marichal, who convinced us with a high level organization throughout the whole competition, especially with the exceptional running of the Final Four. According to numerous reports, the events were organized and conducted in line with the highest international standards. A mix of world-class athletic performance and various entertaining shows drew a record number of spectators toward the sporting arenas, confirming that Volleyball is one of the most attractive sports worldwide.

The second prize category for excellent press work takes into account press coverage, promotional activities and information processing. This year, the CEV is proud to announce that a majority of clubs have contributed significantly to improve the press coverage of this renowned European club competition and have proven professionalism both in writing up official press releases and in processing the information flow to the CEV as well as to national and international press agencies. As there were only two prizes to be given away, the decision proved difficult to make, but in the end, the Austrian club VIENNA hotVolleys and the Croatian Mladost ZAGREB beat the other clubs in the race.

The two best organizing clubs will each be awarded prize money of 7,500 EUR, and the VIENNA hotVolleys and Mladost ZAGREB are the deserved winners to share the total sum of 13,000 EUR for their excellent media effort.

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Enjoy & Be There:

14-16 May 2004: Qualification Tournaments Menís European Championship 2005, Various.

21 May-11 July 2004: European League, Various.

4-6 June 2004: Qualification Tournaments Womenís European Championship 2005, Various.

10-13 June 2004: European Beach Volleyball Championships, Timmendorfer Strand, Germany.

9-11 July 2004: Final Four European League, Opava, Czech Republic.

2 September 2004: Drawing of lots 2004-2005 Indesit European Championsí League, Vienna, Austria.

3-11 September 2004: Womenís Under 19 European Championship, Bardejov,Presov, Slovakia

4-12 September 2004: Menís Under 20 European Championship, Zagreb, Croatia.

17-19 September 2004: Qualification Tournaments Menís European Championship 2005, Various. 17-19 September 2004: Qualification Tournaments Womenís European Championship 2005, Various.


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