CEV Board approves series of actions to cement Europe’s leading role
The meeting followed up on several discussions that the Executive Committee had on Friday, with the primary goal being the implementation of actions likely to support the further growth and development of volleyball and beach volleyball across Europe.
After last year’s terrific success with more than 100,000 fans flocking to Austria’s largest sandbox, Klagenfurt was confirmed as the venue of the 2015 CEV Beach Volleyball European Championship final. This way, the CEV intends to strengthen the already excellent cooperation with the local promoter and deliver another terrific beach volleyball party to players, fans and media alike. The championship in Klagenfurt completes the Olympic cycle leading up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after the edition was already allotted last year to the Swiss city of Biel/Bienne.
The European Ranking for national teams will undergo some changes in order to take into consideration the points awarded by the inaugural European Games coming up next year in Baku, Azerbaijan. The allocation of points to teams participating in the FIVB Volleyball World League and the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix and in the European League was also reviewed thereby taking into account the expansion of the number of teams participating in the 2014 edition of the above FIVB competitions.
With two years to go before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Board approved the formula of the Continental Olympic qualification prepared by the European Sports Organising Commission (ESOC). There will be two qualification tournaments, one per gender, in January 2016, whose winners will get the right to represent Europe at the Summer Olympics in the Brazilian megalopolis.
However, before Rio 2016, European Volleyball will have another major highlight with the inaugural European Games scheduled for June 2015 in Baku. The CEV Board defined the qualification criteria for the volleyball and beach volleyball events and these will be now forwarded to the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and the local organising committee of Baku 2015.
The Board of Administration reviewed the applications submitted by National Federations who have showed an interest in hosting one of the European Championships scheduled for 2016 and 2017; the organisers of such events will be announced later this year at the CEV Congress which is scheduled for October 24-25 in Antalya, Turkey.
The possibility of introducing a European Championship for an additional age group - U16 Women and U17 Men - was also studied by the Board. The so-called pre-youth Championships have already been organised by Zonal Associations but the CEV Board members agreed upon the necessity of further studying the eventual format of this additional competition before it is added to the CEV portfolio.
The Board reviewed and finalised the budget for next year and the relevant documents will be now submitted for approval to the CEV General Assembly later this year.
The activities of the Zonal Associations and of the Small Countries Division were also analysed and studied before the ordinary annual meeting taking place in late June in Vienna. The Board members acknowledged the commendable efforts made by the Zonal Associations who are working with much commitment and dedication in order to promote volleyball and beach volleyball within their respective geographical areas. The last General Assembly of the Eastern European Volleyball Zonal Association (EEVZA) held in Tbilisi, Georgia, accepted the request of affiliation submitted by the Armenian Volleyball Federation. The Board praised this action which is likely to help this country join more actively Europe’s volleyball family and its activities.
The Board also reviewed the reports prepared by the presidents of the various Commissions, including proposals drafted by the European Legal Commission (ELC) to amend the CEV Statutes.
“I would like to thank my colleagues for their contribution to today’s discussions and for continuously bringing in their expertise and knowledge to help our volleyball family raise its standards,” CEV President André Meyer said. "We are all determined to make sure that the development of our sport does not stop. Our priority is to involve the young generations by using any means that may draw their attention to our sport, so that they understand its importance for a healthy lifestyle and for the promotion of a society built around the key values of fair play and mutual respect.”