CEV Board finalises preparations for upcoming General Assembly
Luxembourg, November 15, 2012 - With the 33rd European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) General Assembly scheduled for this weekend in the capital city of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the members of the CEV Board of Administration convened on Thursday to discuss a series of issues and define a road map to support the development and growth of the sport across Europe.
The major highlight of this year’s CEV Congress, which is not elective, will be the announcement on Saturday of the countries that will host the 2014 and 2015 European Championships. Members of the CEV’s Board of Administration cast their votes on Thursday after applicants were given one last opportunity to showcase the quality and uniqueness of their bids.
There have been some important developments in volleyball over the past few months. At its World Congress in Anaheim, USA this past September, the FIVB held its first democratic elections. It was an indicator of the manner in which the sport is likely to be governed over the next four years and Europe has showed its readiness to contribute to this process. At the Congress, members of the CEV were attributed a series of important functions to help steer the future of volleyball at the international level.
CEV President André Meyer was appointed second executive vice-president, president of the Finance Commission and second executive vice-president in charge of refereeing and the Rules of the Game Commissions.
CEV senior vice-president, Aleksandar Boricic, was reappointed FIVB executive vice-president and appointed president of the Sports Events Council. He will also coordinate the activities of the World League Council and the World Grand Prix Council.
Two other CEV vice-presidents, Miroslaw Przedpelski and Renato Arena, were also given key positions by the FIVB. Mr Przedpelski is a co-opted executive member and marketing coordinator, while Mr Arena will chair the World League Council for the next four years.
Mr Stanislav Shevchenko, president of the Russian Volleyball Federation, was appointed as a board member in charge of the Coaching Commission while Portugal's Vicente de Araujo will chair the Beach Volleyball Commission for the next four years.
At the meeting in Luxembourg today, the Board of Administration agreed that the CEV will work closely with the FIVB in order to protect the interests of relevant parties in cases where the rules for obtaining International Transfer Certificates (ITC) are violated or in instances of non-fulfilment of clauses specified in players’ contracts.
The Board of Administration also discussed the positive outcome of the 2012 CEV Women’s Junior Volleyball European Championship held this past summer in Turkey and the men’s championship in Poland and Denmark. They then turned their attention to discussing the European Championships scheduled for the next few years, with the upcoming important stops being the final rounds of the men’s senior competition taking place in Denmark and Poland in 2013 and the women’s senior competition in Germany and Switzerland.
The CEV is also working intensively to organise the qualifiers for the next edition of the FIVB World Championships, in all age groups. The organisation of the qualifiers for the senior World Championships will come under the authority of the confederations for the first time.
The CEV will also begin an ambitious development project, funded by the FIVB, to involve young people in beach volleyball to coincide with this discipline’s debut at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. This large scale project will bring together all relevant stakeholders to contribute to the organisation of successful beach volleyball events while helping to improve the skills and education of those hosting events under the CEV umbrella.
The presidents of the various commissions reported on their activities over the past months. The Board of Administration also decided to establish an ad-hoc working group to discuss the pending issues concerning the international calendar with the aim of harmonising the schedule for the months and years to come by taking into account the needs of all parties involved.
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