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FIVB joins European delegates at CEV Champions League Forum

Luxembourg, March 12, 2018 – FIVB representatives joined Europe’s national federations, national leagues, clubs, media, sponsors and partners at the CEV Champions League Forum in Luxembourg on Monday. The meeting fostered an open exchange of views on the future of Europe’s elite club competition which will feed into the FIVB’s preparations for the seasons ahead.

It is the wish of the CEV leadership to capitalise on the success story that the CEV Volleyball Champions League has become since the inaugural edition of the competition in 2000. The forum provided stakeholders with an opportunity to come forward with their proposals and ideas and discuss where there is room for improvement, including in key areas like the competition format, the sponsoring and broadcasting agreements in place, the international volleyball calendar and promotion.

After reviewing the outcome of an online survey involving the participants before they travelled to Luxembourg earlier this weekend, the attendees worked in groups to discuss the items on the agenda and agree on their proposals before sharing these with the rest of the assembly.

The Forum held at the iconic European Convention Centre in the capital city of the Grand Duchy is the first initiative of its kind for the CEV and reflects the wish of President Aleksandar Boricic to listen to all instances and to provide all stakeholders with an opportunity to voice their concerns and interests for the good of the sport.

CEV President Boricic said: “Today we convened some sort of European Volleyball parliament in order to improve Europe’s most prestigious club competition. We decided that we would welcome any remarks, positive and negative, and we encouraged the attendees to have an open discussion in what was a truly historic forum gathering all key stakeholders in volleyball. Our intention is to make something bigger out of this competition – much more than a volleyball tournament, but rather an event that everyone wants to be a part of, promoting our top players so that they become global stars known also outside of the volleyball family. We have to work together and act as a team as volleyball, which is a team sport, requires, so that together we can think bigger and achieve something bigger for the good of the whole volleyball family.”

Speaking about the event, FIVB General Director Fabio Azevedo said: “It was a pleasure to be in Luxembourg today to discuss a key competition on the international volleyball calendar and to be able to share views on the competition’s future. Further discussion with the CEV and the other confederations is crucial as we continue to work on bringing volleyball to new audiences worldwide and we put the final touches to preparations for this year’s inaugural edition of the Volleyball Nations League.”

The CEV will study the outcome of the discussions in Luxembourg today to ensure the CEV Volleyball Champions League evolves with the times and remains a benchmark in volleyball, and across all team sports.

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