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CEV BoA sends message of unity and cohesion on eve of XXXV General Assembly

The members of the CEV Board of Administration following their meeting on Thursday
Antalya, Turkey, October 23, 2014 - The tone for the XXXV CEV General Assembly was set during the CEV Board of Administration on Thursday one day ahead of the main event in Antalya, Turkey.

The General Assembly begins on Friday afternoon in Turkey’s most popular holiday destination and will be attended by as many as 48 national federations, with another seven that will be represented by proxy, thereby accounting for all of the 55 CEV members. 

The CEV Board of Administration reviewed the agenda of the Congress and as well as the programme for the General Assembly that will continue all the way through to Saturday. 

The highlight of the meeting will be the launch of an innovative marketing and promotional campaign which focuses on corporate social responsibility. Annual reports from all CEV Commissions and Zonal Associations will also be presented.

The members of the CEV BoA praised the excellent work done by the national federations of Italy and Poland who recently organised the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women’s and Men’s World Championships respectively. They said that the innovative initiatives undertaken by both organisers to raise the profile of the sport to unmatched heights is something to learn and build on for all major future CEV competitions. Their good practices will be further studied and reviewed in order to be shared with the organisers of future European Championships. 

The Board of Administration adapted the concept prepared by the European Sports Organising Commission to introduce an additional age-group Championship, with the age limits fixed at U17 and U16 for boys and girls respectively. The competition will start with a first qualification round organised by the Zonal Associations and then continue with a second continental round before it reaches its climax with a final round that will crown the first European champions in these age categories. The European Sports Organising Commission will now draft detailed provisions to govern the organisation of this additional Championship. 

The Presidents of the various Commissions all reported on their respective activities, with the BoA looking forward to the start of the upcoming European Cups season. The 2015 edition of the CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League begins in less than two weeks, with a series of innovations such as the use of LiteScore and other software designed to support coaches and referees. This help the sport enter a new era with innovation playing a key role in the delivery of a real “volleyball experience” for all involved. 

The BoA also reviewed the international calendar for 2015 and reasserted the need to find a solution to clashes with other FIVB competitions.

The meeting ended with a series of presentations delivered by the national federations currently bidding to host the various European Championships scheduled for 2016 and 2017. The BoA members cast their votes after reviewing the application files received and the organisers of such competitions will be announced on Saturday during the XXXV CEV General Assembly. 

“We had a fruitful meeting with plenty of interesting discussions which were actively joined by all members,” FIVB 2nd Executive Vice-President and CEV President André Meyer says. “I could sense a spirit of cohesion and unity which sounds particularly important as we are less than 24 hours away from the opening of our annual General Assembly. I am confident that the remainder of this weekend here in Antalya will help us identify the right decisions to be implemented in order to continue the long-term and sustainable growth of our sport we have been pursuing at all levels, from the grass-roots up to the elite.”


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