#EuroVolleyW Drawing of Lots – The latest news from Baku…
2017 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women
Baku, Azerbaijan, November 23, 2016. The anticipation is mounting in Azerbaijan’s capital and the preparations are up and running at the iconic Heydar Aliyev Centre (see picture) – the impressive venue hosting the Drawing of Lots for the Final Round of the 2017 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Women scheduled for Thursday, November 24 (starting at 6 pm local time, i.e. 3 pm CET). The ceremony, a must-watch not to be missed, will be streamed live and for free on the official CEV YouTube channel!
The 16 participating teams will be drawn across four pools, thus setting the tone for the Volleyball party that Azerbaijan and Georgia will be hosting in September 2017 – with the eventual gold medal winners to be crowned on October 1.
Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku will host two of the four preliminary groups at the truly iconic National Gymnastics Arena, a one-of-a-kind sporting venue where all playoff, quarter-final, semi-final and medal matches will be taking place as well. The arena was designed and built specifically for the inaugural European Games that Baku successfully hosted in June 2015.
The remaining two pools will be contested in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi and in Ganja – Göygöl, a city in north-western Azerbaijan which is a popular destination for holiday makers in the Caucasus region and hosts, inter alia, an Olympic sports complex.
Waiting for the Drawing of Lots coming up on Thursday, fans can start making their predictions about the two teams to be chosen by the organisers that will be seeded as the remaining pool headers alongside hosts Georgia and Azerbaijan… Who will they be?
Make sure you follow the show that the organisers will deliver together with the Drawing of Lots! Leyla Aliyeva, one of Azerbaijan’s most famous TV presenters who hosted the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, will highlight a programme including a number of show acts as well as the participation of guests from the Volleyball family who will be in charge of drawing the 16 participating teams across the four pools…