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Council of Europe’s Director of Democracy visits CEV headquarters

From left to right: CEV Senior Vice President Aleksandar Boricic, Mrs. Snezana Samardzic-Markovic, Council of Europe's Director of Democracy, and CEV President André Meyer
Luxembourg, April 12, 2013 - On Friday CEV President André Meyer and CEV Senior Vice President Aleksandar Boricic had the pleasure to welcome to the state-of-the-art premises of CEV Serbia’s former Minister of Youth and Sports, Mrs. Snezana Samardzic-Markovic, who – since February 2012 – has moved to Strasbourg after her appointment as Council of Europe’s Director General of Democracy.

CEV President André Meyer did briefly sum up the history of Europe’s Volleyball governing body by stressing that CEV was the very first international sports organization to settle down in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg back in 1989 to be followed – some years later – by the ETTF (European Table Tennis Federation) and, much more recently, by the LEN (Ligue Européenne de Natation).

On the other hand, Mrs. Samardzic-Markovic was very impressed with the high-standard premises the CEV headquarters have moved to since this past February and more than glad to pay a visit to the European Volleyball Confederation while spending a few days in Luxembourg City for an international summit about tourism and culture held under the patronage of the Council of Europe.

CEV President André Meyer, CEV Senior Vice President Aleksandar Boricic and Mrs. Samardzic-Markovic could exploit this opportunity to touch upon some issues of common interest, such as the fight against match fixing, a plague that all governments are being made responsible for in order to support the international sports organizations in contrasting that practice that undermines the quintessential values of all sports. Though Volleyball is fortunately not confronted with that issue, still Mrs. Samardzic-Markovic asked for the help of CEV in the preparations for a covenant that the Council of Europe is currently working on to deal with the problem and to contrast its effects.

The campaign against the use of performance-enhancing drugs was also discussed as CEV is very active in fighting doping by carrying out some 250 tests a year. Mrs. Samardzic-Markovic, a member of the WADA Foundation Board, insisted on the necessity to closely cooperate with CEV in order to adjust anti-doping policies to the specific peculiarities of team sports as well as to make sure that anti-doping laboratories across Europe are provided with the latest technology to be able to detect any use of doping substances and carry on the fight against all those who are cheating and betraying the common core values of any sport.

CEV President André Meyer did also review some activities promoted by the CEV and the goals set for the years to come, drawing attention on the development and promotion of Beach Volleyball among the young generations, the close cooperation with the Zonal Associations as well as with the regional development centers, not to mention the active involvement of CEV in the so-called European Team Sports Association (ETS) that includes the likes of UEFA (soccer), EHF (handball), FIBA Europe (basketball), IIHF (ice hockey) and AER/FIRA (rugby).

Moreover, Mr. Meyer stressed that, via a series of projects and other initiatives, the CEV is pro-actively working to support the work of its 55 member countries also by providing innovative tools (such as seminars, e-learning courses, etc.) for an effective management of their activities for the good of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball.

At the end of the meeting, which was marked by a very friendly atmosphere, the distinguished guest expressed her intention to investigate a possible support to be provided by the Council of Europe to CEV and to its members, hoping for the establishment of a closer cooperation among the respective organizations also within the frame of the work performed by the Zonal Associations and of the regional activities placed under the authority of CEV.


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