Volleyball heavyweights join forces to host 2015 CEV Men's Championship
Luxembourg, May 15, 2014 – Volleyball heavyweights Bulgaria and Italy have joined forces to organise the 2015 edition of the CEV Volleyball European Championship – Men. The current state of the tournament preparations was reviewed on Thursday morning at a Supervisory Board meeting chaired by CEV President André Meyer.
The meeting was also attended by CEV Senior Vice President and Jury President Aleksandar Boricic, CEV Vice President Jan Hronek, ESOC President Pierre Mulheims and representatives of CEV partner Infront Sports & Media.
“These countries are showing once more their passion for volleyball and their commitment to our volleyball family by hosting the next edition of the Men’s European Championship,” Meyer said. “We are confident that with all their experience in hosting major sports events, Bulgaria and Italy will deliver a terrific volleyball show next year.”
The Finals of the Men’s European Championship are returning to Bulgaria for the first time in more than 30 years. The Bulgarian capital Sofia will host the semifinals and finals.
Bulgaria national team is riding high in men’s volleyball. Bulgaria finished fourth at the 2012 London Olympics and in last year’s European Championship, where they lost in the semis to Italy. Serbia beat them to the bronze medal.
Italy will welcome back Europe’s volleyball elite for the first time since the 2005 edition, which was co-hosted with Serbia and Montenegro, the first time two countries co-organised the championship.
Italy’s men took the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics and the 2013 World League Finals and the silver medal at last year’s European Championship. They are currently ranked third in the world.
“When you have two hosts with that passion for volleyball and tradition in our sport, you can be confident that the European Championship will get a perfect stage to showcase the great skills of our best players,” Meyer stated.