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Old 04-27-2008, 07:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CEV News 4/27

A monumental history of European volleyball


Paris, April 20, 2008. The CEV Board of Administration was attended also by CEV Honorary President Mr. Georges Boudry.

During that summit Mr. Boudry presented the BOA members with the monumental work he has been busy with over the last months, i.e. a history of European volleyball which covers the period 1947-1983.

Mr. Boudry confirmed the importance to explicitly mark and grant proper visibility to the most important activities each National Federation affiliated to the CEV has been carrying out for promoting and supporting both indoor and beach volleyball. In order to implement this mapping and historical impression, Mr. Boudry kindly asks all National Federations to support his work by forwarding him useful materials as well as key facts concerning the events and activities they have been respectively doing.

Such information may be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent by post to that address:

Mr. Georges Boudry
14 Square Dunois
Paris cedex 13
Paris – FRANCE



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Old 04-27-2008, 07:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default And now floor to the French Volleyball Federation

Paris, April 20, 2008. Mr. Gil Pellan, President of the French Volleyball Federation, was very pleased to welcome the CEV delegates in Paris for staging both the Executive Committee and the Board of Administration of the European Volleyball Confederation.

Mr. Pellan took the occasion to mention a few key facts and figures which deal with the current state as well as the future development of volleyball in France. The French Volleyball Federation relies on a quite a long history, having been founded 72 years ago. Volleyball is one of the major sports in France at the moment, which counts 1,800,000 people involved as well as 1,700 registered clubs.

Mr. Pellan also analyzed the main efforts which have been devoted by the local Federation in order to support the development of that discipline across the whole country, mainly thanks to 2 national trainings centers (namely located in Toulouse and Montpellier) and 17 more so-called pôles espoirs established at regional level.

As for the future, the French Volleyball Federation is aiming at 5 main goals:

- to increase the professionalism of its affiliated clubs, also by creating a Super League for the top teams;

- to work on and to benefit from the current appeal of beach volleyball competitions, especially by implementing 400 new training facilities within the next 5 years;

- to improve the involvement into volleyball among the youngest generations, thanks to the so-called baby volley, a program which was launched 2 years ago and will be proposed to the attention of the other National Federations affiliated to the CEV within the workshops organized during the CEV Congress to be staged in Madrid next September;

- to even increase the involvement of girls into volleyball, taking into account that 50% of the current practitioners are females;

- to further promote all the various ways volleyball is practiced (handivolley, leisure volleyball etc.).

Mr. Pellan concluded by expressing his wish to welcome all the CEV representatives as well as the qualified teams to the 2011 Senior Men’s European Championships, whose organization the French Volleyball Federation is currently bidding for.
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Default Bye Peter! Welcome Thorsten!

Luxembourg, April 23, 2008. The CEV reports that Mr. Peter Lange has unfortunately decided to quit in advance his office as a member of the CEV European Cups Commission by citing private reasons.

Mr. Lange (pictured left, along with CEV Vice-President Mrs. Riet Ooms), a former national player for the German Democratic Republic, has been playing for decades a key role as far as the worldwide promotion and development of volleyball are concerned. Mr. Lange was also active as an international referee and he officiated plenty of matches (489) both in and outside Europe from 1963 to 1973. While being active also as a sports journalist, Mr. Lange headed the CEV Sports Organizing Commission from 1973 to 1983 and at that time he was also a member of the European Cups Commission. From 1987 to 1991 he chaired that same commission as its President. Afterwards he worked as Competitions Director at the CEV headquarters in Luxembourg from 1992 till the end of 1999 when he retired and became again an irreplaceable member of the above mentioned European Cups Commission (ECC).

Following a decision made by the CEV Board of Administration and accepted by the German Volleyball Federation, Mr. Lange will be replaced in his charge within the ECC by Mr. Thorsten Endres, who is currently heading the German Volleyball National League (Bundesliga) and already served since 2006 as a CEV Supervisor.

The CEV would like to express its sincere gratitude to Mr. Lange for the extraordinary contribution he ensured to the promotion of volleyball across Europe for so many decades and for his great devotion to the European Volleyball Confederation itself. The CEV would also like to warmly welcome Mr. Endres and to wish him the very best of luck for this new professional challenge as well as for the role he is going to play in order to ensure a bright future to the European Cups!
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Default European top teams are hungry for more!

Luxembourg/Zurich, April 25, 2008. The kick-off tournament of the NESTEA European Championship Tour on Grand Canary clearly showed how competitive the continental Beach Volleyball scene is. Now Europe's elite moves to St. Pölten for the Austrian Masters.

The 2008 beach volleyball season began with an exclamation point. The European crème de la crème of that discipline served and spiked on the Playa del Ingles on Grand Canary. One thing is clear after the season-opening weekend: this kick-off tournament has everyone hungry for more. Hinnerk Femerling, Managing Director at the Zurich based agency Global Sports Marketing that organizes and markets the NESTEA European Championship Tour was visibly delighted by the first rendezvous of the continent's top teams this season. "The standard of beach volleyball play in Europe is very high", Femerling stresses, "and the matches in the men's tournament were especially high-class and hard-fought”.

The verve and the passion the athletes invest into their matches may also be due to the Olympic challenge. "It is self-evident that all the teams got into great physical shape over the winter", Femerling remarks. Now they have to confirm their good early season form at the next stop of the tour in St. Pölten (Austria). The 100,000 Euro Austrian Masters will be played from May 9-12. The main spotlight will be on the home teams. In the men's competition Clemens Doppler and Peter Gartmayer have made big plans for their home court performance. Doppler/Gartmayer are the undisputed stars of Austrian Beach Volleyball since winning the European gold medal in Valencia last year.

This year, however, they have not yet been able to play up to their potential. Doppler/Gartmayer finished ninth at the Spanish Masters - a disappointing result for a team of their caliber. On the other hand, Sara Montagnolli-Ebenbichler and Sabine Swoboda caused quite a stir in Grand Canary, as they reached the final in the women's tournament where they were defeated by the German duo Goller/Ludwig. In St. Pölten the Austrians want to replicate their success in front of their home fans. The sibling duo consisting of Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger, who finished 13th on Grand Canary, are also hoping to receive an extra boost from their own fans.

Every team's focus in St. Pölten will be to collect ranking list points to qualify for the season final tournament. The wheat will be separated from the chaff at the seventh and final tour stop at the newly named Season Masters Final in Sochi (Russia). The eight best men's and women's teams there will play for the title of smart European ranking leader - a championship crowned with a total of four brand new smart for two.

But that is not the only reason the final stop of the NESTEA European Championship Tour 2008 is particularly attractive. Due to the smaller and more exclusive starter's field, the qualified teams will receive a substantial increase in prize money. The winners of the newly established Season Masters Final will therefore take home 17,000 €. In their efforts to further enhance and dramatize the final tournament the makers of the tour were inspired by their colleagues in the field of tennis. There the highest ranked teams have celebrated their season showdown for many years with great success. Heinz Schurtenberger, Chairman at GSM sees that new competition format of the final tournament as "an atractive innovation. We have planned to male the final tournament a special event for quite some time and the Season Masters Final offers the perfect opportunity to be a new highlight on the tour calendar."
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Default In memoriam of Denitza Krivova

Luxembourg, April 27, 2008. The Volleyball Federation of Luxembourg sadly announces the premature and sudden death of Ms. Denitza KRIVOVA, who died in a car accident yesterday, April 26.

The representatives of the Federation along with the entire local volleyball community will keep memory of her humbleness as well as of her great talent, which deserved her a promising career for the years to come.

Denitza, who was of Bulgarian origins, started playing volleyball at age 8 and quickly progressed her skills and abilities under the supervision of her parents, Antonia and Rangel, within a couple of local clubs (Mamer first and then in Esch). She rapidly attended the highest level here in Luxembourg and this season, at the early age of 18, she was enrolled by the French club Terville, which is currently playing the PRO A national division.

Ms. KRIVOVA has been a regular player for both the junior and senior national teams of Luxembourg; named «Deni» she really enjoyed a lot of respect from her teammates, as a result of her kindness and exemplary engagement.

The Volleyball Federation of Luxembourg – along with the CEV – would like to express her family their sincere condolences and ensure they will both keep an everlasting and emotional memory of Denitza.



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