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CEV hosts named, Poland-Denmark get 2013 men's event

 
Miroslaw Przedpelski (left) and Erik Jacobsen on stage in Ljubljana as Denmark and Poland were officially announced as hosts of the 2013 CEV Men's European Championship
 

Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 16, 2010 - After a close vote, the 2013 Men's European Championships will be hosted by Poland and Denmark after they won the bid on Saturday.

The two federations said they were looking forward to turning the championship into a massive festival, with thousands of people expected to descend on Copenhagen for the finals, set to be played in a football stadium which will be adapted to meet the specific needs of Volleyball.

Mr Miroslav Przdepelski and Mr Erik Jacobsen, the respective presidents who have been heading the bid, agreed on their intention to use the event as a chance to foster a huge leap forward in the way an international Volleyball tournament is traditionally conceived and enjoyed.

"We are looking forward to hosting these events," Mr Jacobsen, president of the Danish Volleyball Federation said. "The transfer of knowledge and knowhow both with regards to development and practical experience within our federations will ensure a wonderful experience for all participants and supporters alike. As our first joint bid we are looking forward to working with Poland and learning from their Volleyball experience."

The 2013 Women's European Championships will be organised in early September in Germany and Switzerland. The finals are to be played in Berlin, at the splendid Max-Schmeling-Halle, whereas Zurich will be the Swiss venue hosting preliminary matches. Mr Werner von Moltke, president of the German Volleyball Federation, said he was honoured to be awarded this event, marking the return of top Volleyball to the country after a short break since the 2003 Men's European Championship.

"We will do our best to welcome you all and stage a memorable competition," added Mr Christoph Stern, president of Swiss Volley. "Thank you very much for your trust, it is the very first time that our Federation has the chance to organise a European Championship and this will testify that our country is back in the international arena with its national teams."  

The 2012 CEV Junior European Championships have been allotted to Denmark and Poland (men) and Turkey (women). The joint bid prepared by Denmark and Poland foresees preliminary rounds in Randers (DEN) and Rewal (POL), with the final stage of the competition to be played in the Polish spa resort of Randers. The women will play in Turkey, namely in Ankara, using the same facilities – located in the TVF Volleyball complex – that are going to be used for the 2011 CEV European Youth Championships.     

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After opening addresses by CEV President André Meyer and FIVB President Jizhong Wei, the XXXI General Assembly continued with reports prepared by the presidents of the various Commissions established according to the CEV Statutes. Impressive results and figures were shared by all Commissions – finances, Cups, etc – thus confirming once again the very healthy state of European Volleyball.

CEV Vice President Aleksandar Boricic was recently appointed as Board Coordinator for the Coaches Commission that was established by the European body before the General Assembly following a recommendation from the FIVB. Mr Philippe Blain of France was named President of the new Commission up to the next elections to be staged in 2011; additional members of this body are Mikael Trolle (Denmark), Antti Paananen (Finland), Jörg Ahmann (Germany) and Grzegorz Rys (Poland). More names may be added with candidatures to be submitted by the national federations in the next few months, with the goal of including top coaches currently working for high-level men's and women's teams.

The Board meeting scheduled for January 2011 will eventually complete the composition of the Coaches Commission that will work for both Volleyball and Beach Volleyball, thus marking a difference with the similar body already existing in the FIVB. Mr Boricic recommended the creation of a Coaches Commission also in the various Zonal Associations to strengthen the interaction with those who experience Volleyball on court every single day.

Representatives of the four Zonal Associations (BVA, EEVZA, MEVZA, NEVZA) as well as the Small Countries Division then stepped on stage to convey the main facts and figures of their yearly reports, which were openly praised by CEV President Meyer, especially for the attention and devotion showed in the promotion of competitions specifically conceived for youth.        
Other topics included an update on the ongoing preparations in the Czech Republic for the 2011 EuroVolley. This is the first time the Czech Republic and Austria will host an international sport event and a large promotional campaign was already launched to generate as much attention as possible, especially among the younger generations.

Italy and Serbia, hosts of the 2011 CEV European Championship – Women, previewed the event with a video accompanied by the splendid violin of Uto Ughi. Busto Arsizio, Monza, Zrenjanin and Belgrade are the venues looking forward to an event that will connect not only two nations, but also thousands of fans based in these two Volleyball powerhouse nations.

Finally Turkey is speeding up its preparations for next year's CEV Youth European Championships. It will host both categories (boys and girls) in Ankara, with the main venue being the impressive Baskent sports hall located in the TVF Volleyball complex that was inaugurated last February and has already hosted numerous international matches, including the final four of the 2010 CEV European League – Women.





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