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ExCom meeting opens busy week for CEV

CEV President André Meyer and the other members of the CEV Executive Committee after their meeting on Wednesday
Antalya, Turkey, October 22, 2014 - CEV President André Meyer began a very busy week for Europe’s volleyball family on Wednesday as he chaired a meeting of the CEV Executive Committee at the Kempinski Hotel - The Dome in Antalya, Turkey. 

It was just the first of a series of meetings and events that will culminate with the XXXV CEV General Assembly due to take place this Friday and Saturday. 

The members of the CEV Executive Committee reviewed the current state of reparations for the General Assembly where, among other things, the organisers for tournaments set to take place in 2016 and 2017 will be announced. The weekend will include other highlights such as the launch of an innovative promotional campaign which will follow in the footsteps of the “Fair Play Volleyball Way” initiative which has turned into one a main features over the last 12 months. 

The Executive Committee analysed the various Championships organised in 2014, with a focus on the U19 Women and U20 Men and their respective Final Rounds that were held in Estonia/Finland and Czech Republic/Slovakia. 

Their was also praise for the excellent organisation of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s and Women’s World Championships hosted by Poland and Italy respectively which have helped raise the profile of volleyball to unimaginable heights. 

“We are especially proud that two of our federations steered that process and were able to deliver such terrific volleyball parties,” Mr Meyer said. “There is a lot we can take from what Italy and Poland delivered for their respective Championship in terms of innovation, promotional actions, entertainment, and we will study the possibility to extend similar procedures and actions also to our competitions.” 

The beach volleyball season broke all records in 2014 with 45 events organised across the continent. CEV vice-president and EBVC president Renato Arena extended to his colleagues of the Executive Committee the words of appraisal he received last week in Lausanne while attending the annual meeting of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission. CEV remains the only Confederation which has already started the qualification process leading up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with the first and second round of the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup being already completed. 

The Executive Committee also reviewed the proposal prepared by the European Sports Organising Commission based on a survey previously addressed to all National Federations about the possible introduction of an additional age-group Championship. This discussion will continue on Thursday in the meeting of the Board of Administration where a final decision will be taken on the possible addition of this competition to the existing CEV portfolio. 

One additional key topic discussed by the Executive Committee is the inaugural European Games which are due to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan next year. As the qualification criteria for both the volleyball and beach volleyball events are already set, the CEV is currently working closely with the European Olympic Committees and the local Organising Committee – BEGOC – to deliver a top quality competition for this inaugural edition to ensure volleyball and beach volleyball are one of the major highlights among the 20 sports on the programme. 

“Today’s meeting was just the beginning of a few busy days; I am confident that the sense of cohesion and unity I could feel today among my colleagues of the Executive Committee will mark also the coming days as we have more work to do to lay the cornerstone for a sustainable growth and development of our sport,” CEV President André Meyer concluded.


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