Sense of unity and cohesion mark CEV ExCom meeting
These points included, inter alia, a comprehensive media concept – including the implementation of social and digital media accounts – that will help strengthen the interaction with media and fans alike, with a focus on the young generations and their involvement into volleyball and beach volleyball.
The Executive Committee also reviewed the latest decisions made by the FIVB and their possible impact on the organization of volleyball and beach volleyball competitions in Europe.
The 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup was also in the spotlight with the DOL for the First Round set to follow at the beginning of next week; as per IOC decision, the qualification process for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will get started on June 1, 2014 and – as far as beach volleyball is concerned – with eight double-gender tournaments whose organizers will be confirmed by the upcoming BoA.
The CEV Executive Committee members were also pleased with the latest updates they received on the beach volleyball calendar penciled in for the 2014 season; after a first draft was already released some weeks ago, other events were added in the meantime thereby contributing to another record-breaking year for the sport in Europe. The current calendar will be submitted to the CEV Board of Administration for approval later this weekend.
The preparations for the 2015 edition of the CEV Volleyball European Championship were also a theme; the qualification process will get started in May with the First and Second Round. Inspection visits and a Supervisory Board were scheduled for the Final Rounds that are slated for next year in Bulgaria/Italy and Netherlands/Belgium for men and women respectively. This way the CEV ExCom intends to closely follow the preparations made by the host countries and provide them with all the guidance and support they may need along the way to next year’s volleyball parties.
The ExCom also reviewed the principles and procedure worked out for the bidding process leading up to the European Championships scheduled for 2016 and 2017; any National Federation wishing to play host to one of these Championships is due to submit the relevant application file by next April 1, 2014.
To follow a tradition, before the first meeting of the year with the Board of Administration, the ExCom will first meet the Presidents of the various Commissions who will be reporting on their respective meetings from earlier this year and present a first draft of their proposals who will be additionally studied by the CEV Board of Administration.
Another “hot topic” on the agenda is represented by the inaugural European Games taking place next year in Baku, Azerbaijan, where volleyball and beach volleyball are included on the program. A couple of test events, including the Final Four of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Women, are planned ahead of the major event which is scheduled for June 12-28, 2015.
“We had a very good meeting,” CEV President André Meyer comments, “where once more I got to feel a sense of unity and cohesion within our volleyball family. We have identified a few areas where there is still work to be done but we are all confident that Europe’s volleyball and beach volleyball are well on their way to continue their success story. I expect the same consensus and positive ambiance will mark the meetings that will follow later this weekend here on our beautiful premises, the real home of our volleyball family.”