EuroVolley a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow Volleyball, foster regional cooperation
News from the CEV
Baku, Azerbaijan, November 23, 2016. The organisation of the 2017 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Women coincides with a truly historic moment for European Volleyball and especially for the two countries, Azerbaijan and Georgia, hosting this much anticipated Volleyball party. The highest-ranking Azerbaijani and Georgian political authorities have indeed confirmed their commitment to fully support the delivery of a tournament that should raise Volleyball’s popularity in the Caucasus region, attract many more youngsters to the sport and strengthen the existing cooperation and friendly relationship between the two host countries.
CEV President Aleksandar Boričić praised the involvement of the respective national governments at a ceremony where the agreement with the organisers of the European Championship was officially signed before many journalists and TV stations.
“Earlier today I had the privilege to have a meeting with the State President, Mr Ilham Aliyev, who spent very nice words for Volleyball. I can only say that it was a real pleasure to hear such words. I have been involved in Volleyball for many years but this is the first time I see that all members of the host country’s government are represented in the Organising Committee. This means that the National Federations of the host countries enjoy the highest respect from the local authorities. At the same time, this is also a huge responsibility because we are now expected to deliver an outstanding and very successful championship,” Mr Boričić said.
Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Azat Rahimov, said: “Azerbaijan is a country that has hosted many major and memorable sporting events, like the European Games, the World Chess Olympiad, world championships in wrestling, boxing, rhythmic gymnastics, but the 2017 women’s EuroVolley will have a special place in the history of our country. Volleyball is one of the most popular team sports in Azerbaijan, and we are especially proud of the success achieved by our women’s national team. I am confident that this championship will open a new era for Volleyball in Azerbaijan, and you can rest assured that all possible efforts will be put in order to organise a tournament of the highest level and standards.”
Georgia’s Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Shalva Gogoladze added: “I can promise that we will do everything we can to deliver this competition at the highest level together with our neighbours from Azerbaijan. The 2017 women’s EuroVolley will strengthen the already friendly relationship existing between our countries, and we invite all Volleyball fans to Georgia for what promises to be a huge Volleyball party.”
Their words were echoed by the Presidents of the respective National Volleyball Federations, Mr Javid Gurbanov and Mr Irakli Chachua, who agreed that the 2017 women’s EuroVolley will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow Volleyball in the Caucasus region, involve many youngsters in the sport and establish a closer cooperation between two countries that are already known for their amicable relationship at all levels – from politics to business, and from now on also when it comes to the organisation of major sporting events.