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CEV President delighted at successful General Assembly

CEV President André Meyer addressing representatives of 48 national federations at the CEV General Assembly
Antalya, Turkey, October 27, 2014 – The XXXV CEV General Assembly welcomed 48 national federations at its meeting last Friday and Saturday in Antalya, Turkey with a message of unity and cohesion sent out by Europe’s volleyball family only a few days before the FIVB Congress which is due to begin in Cagliari, Italy on Friday.

With seven national federations having sent in a proxy letter, all 55 of the CEV members were represented in Turkey’s most popular holiday destination.

“We had some busy days in Antalya but I am very pleased with the organisation and outcome of our annual meeting,” FIVB 2nd Executive Vice-President and CEV President André Meyer said looking back at the days he spent in Turkey. “As always, there have been many items to discuss but I am extremely happy with the open exchange of views we have had on a number of topics. I am confident we have laid the cornerstone of another year where our volleyball family will continue to grow and develop.” 

Aside from the annual reports of Commissions, Zonal Associations and organisers of upcoming events, the XXXV CEV General Assembly featured was highlighted by the launch of the CEV Facebook page and Twitter account – with Mr Meyer sending the first tweet live on stage – as well as of the “Green Way” campaign. 

“We are constantly exploring innovative ways to advertise and promote our sport,” Mr Meyer added. “The social media and the Green Way campaign will help us reach out to a much larger audience, going beyond everyday volleyball followers, and with a focus on the young generations. This is where we will hopefully find and grow our stars of tomorrow.” 

The organisers of the various European Championships scheduled for 2016 and 2017 were also announced, with Poland set to welcome Europe’s top men’s tournament in 2017 following the tremendous success of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship earlier this year. It will add another chapter to the success story of a country that many have nicknamed “Volleyland.” 

Azerbaijan and neighbouring Georgia will play host to the women’s Final Round, marking the first time such high-profile competition will visit these countries. 

“The organisation of our future flagship events is in very good hands,” Mr Meyer said. “We expect a couple of fabulous volleyball parties to take place in these countries where we will eventually crown the 2017 kings and queens of European volleyball.” 

Europe’s Volleyball family will meet again next year from October 16-17 in Sofia for the XXXVI CEV General Assembly. Next year’s Congress will be an elective one and will take place on the eve of the semis and final matches of the 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Men co-hosted by Bulgaria and Italy.


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