CEV ExCom reviews latest developments, pencils plans for bright future
CEV President André Meyer was pleased with the latest developments in Europe and together with his colleagues started pencilling a series of actions that are likely to additionally foster the growth of the sport across the Continent. “We had a very good meeting,” Mr. Meyer says, “where once again I could feel a general consensus around the actions we have been undertaking to support the development of our sport. We are all committed to continue this way, joining forces for the good of volleyball and beach volleyball, being open to innovation, technology and any other tool that may help us increase the appeal of our sport especially to the young generations.”
Apart from a series of items that the CEV Board of Administration will discuss in the plenary session coming up on Saturday, the ExCom reviewed and amended the 2014 budget as well the proposed figures for 2015 which will be now submitted to the CEV Board for approval.
Though another two years are still left before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the CEV Executive Committee thoroughly analysed the qualification process drafted by the European Sports Organising Commission (ESOC) whereby teams will embark on their quest for a spot to represent Europe at the 2016 edition of the Summer Olympics. Europe will be trying to re-assert there its leading role on the international volleyball scene following up on the outstanding results from London 2012 where Russia and Italy won gold and bronze respectively in the men’s competition.
However, before the Summer Olympiad in Rio, volleyball and beach volleyball will celebrate another major highlight next year with the inaugural edition of the European Games that will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in June 2015. The Executive Committee studied the documents prepared to define the criteria whereby teams will get the right to participate in the volleyball and beach volleyball competitions of this much anticipated multi-sport event whose inception marks a milestone in the history of European sport. Following in the footsteps of other well-established major events such as the Asian Games or the Pan-American Games, Europe will now celebrate a multi-sport festival of that same calibre.
Additional attention was devoted to the review of the administrative fees applies by CEV for the issuing of International Transfers Certificates (ITC) following up on the decisions made by the FIVB Board of Administration earlier this year.
Though the 2014 calendar is packed with plenty of competitions, Europe’s volleyball family is already looking forward to the future, and with this in mind the members of the Executive Committee analysed the applications submitted by National Federations who have expressed their interest in hosting one of the various European Championships scheduled for 2016 and 2017. The ExCom also reviewed the minutes of the Supervisory Boards held last month in Luxembourg where the state of the preparations for next year’s European Championships in Bulgaria/Italy (men) and the Netherlands/Belgium (women) was checked and evaluated.
The 2015 European Cups season is also just about to start with the Drawing of Lots for the CEV Volleyball Cup and CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup scheduled for this coming June 12 and the annual European Volleyball Gala combined with the DOL for the 2015 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League set to follow on June 27 in Vienna. The ExCom reviewed the status and eligibility of the teams registered for the next season of European club competitions that will get started in October. The preparations for the many Beach Volleyball events on schedule for a record-breaking 2014 season, which includes, inter alia, also the first rounds of the CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup, were also followed up by the ExCom.
CEV President André Meyer briefed his colleagues also on an extensive multi-media concept – including the introduction and exploitation of social media accounts – whose content and ultimate goals will be officially unveiled later this month in Vienna.
Finally, Mr. Meyer reported on his inspection visit from last May whereby he checked the facilities where the next CEV Congress will be held later this year (October 24-25). The venue of this year’s CEV General Assembly will be the country’s most popular seaside resort, the city of Antalya, where the European Volleyball family will come together to review its latest achievements and agree on the actions to be undertaken all the way through to the elective Congress scheduled for October 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria.