Busy weekend for Europe’s volleyball family continues with ESOC meeting
It was the first plenary meeting following last year’s General Assembly in Sofia and the elections that were held in Bulgaria’s capital, and the Commission used it as an opportunity to establish the framework of their activities for the next quadrennial and distribute tasks among the members.
The Commission reviewed the implementation to date of the CEV Volleyball Competitions Regulations that entered into force last year and discussed a number of amendments, updates and additions since this reference document is seen as a continuous work in progress that is subject to further revision when necessary and where applicable.
The year 2015 was a busy and memorable one in terms of the delivery and success of many national team competitions. The Commission reviewed the final reports produced for the highly successful 2015 European Championships co-hosted by the Netherlands and Belgium (women) and Bulgaria and Italy (men), as well as for the 2015 European Games held in Baku and the 2015 edition of the CEV Volleyball European League. The members also evaluated the organisation of the first major highlights of 2016 as the European Olympic Qualifiers were successfully held in early January in Berlin and Ankara, where Russia completed a clean sweep of the Rio 2016 Olympics berths on offer.
The year 2016 won’t be less busy and exciting and the Commission assessed the progress so far, as well as planning for the U19 Women / U20 Men European Championships that got underway in early January with the first stage of the qualification process. These competitions will reach their climax later this summer when the eventual European champions in these age groups will be crowned in Nitra (Slovakia) and Varna (Bulgaria). 2017 will provide Europe’s volleyball fans with as many as four European Championships and so the Commission also devoted some of their time to checking on the position of the respective organisers.
Work on the international calendar remains one of the main tasks for the Commission and the ESOC worked on finalising the CEV National Team Calendar for 2016 and 2017, while making initial plans also for the period spanning from 2018 through to 2021.
Following the initial conclusions made last year, the Commission continued the discussions about the future formula of the European Championship Final Round, paying close attention to what is planned for the 2018 World Championships in order to guarantee the necessary consistency with what is being done by the FIVB with their flagship event.
To follow up on the meeting with all the participating national federations held in January, the ESOC finalised the remaining details for the 2016 edition of the CEV Volleyball European League, whilst also catching up with the plans for the 2016 FIVB Volleyball World League and World Grand Prix, and aligning as appropriate.
The ESOC members also formulated a proposal for the European Qualification to the 2018 World Championships, which will be reviewed by the CEV Board of Administration in March before being submitted to the FIVB by April 1. The aim is for the first round to be played this year, with the second and third set to follow in 2017.
Finally, the Commission discussed plans for the European Qualifications for the six FIVB Age Group World Championships scheduled for 2017, reviewed the European Ranking List procedures discussing ways to improve them both as a “technical tool” and “media service” for the future, and did some work also through the processes and procedures used for event delivery, including a particular focus on the work of the CEV Supervisors and other CEV Officials.