Russia and Poland to cross their ways right in prelims of final round
2012 CEV Junior Volleyball European Championship - Men
Warsaw, Poland, July 19, 2012. The Drawing of Lots for the final round of the 2012 CEV Junior Volleyball European Championship – Men scheduled for this coming August 24-September 2 was held this afternoon at “Mercure Grand” hotel in Warsaw thereby assigning the 12 participating teams to the two preliminary Pools taking place in Gdynia and Randers. The first and second ranked team of each group will play crossed semifinals while those ranked third and fourth at the end of the prelims will go for the classification matches 5-8.
The composition of the two preliminary Pools reads as follows:
Pool I in Gdynia (POL): Russia, Poland, Serbia, Belgium, Italy and Finland
Pool II in Randers (DEN): Bulgaria, Denmark, Spain, Turkey, Greece and Germany
Teams were drawn as per their ranking in the previous edition and their performance in the three qualification rounds that were completed this past week thereby making up the starting field of the Championship.
The DOL was attended by CEV Vice President and Jury President Philip Berben and carried out by ESOC member Luis Fernando Muchaga, with the host countries being represented by Miroslaw Przedpelski, CEV Vice President and President of the Polish Volleyball Federation, and Mikael Trolle, Secretary General of the Danish Volleyball Federation. Representatives from Italy and Greece were also in attendance.
“It is a pleasure to be here in Warsaw” said CEV Vice President Philip Berben. “As for this edition of the Junior European Championship, we fully trust the local organizers in Poland as well as in Denmark. We know their skills and they have proven many times their capability of staging world class events. As far as I know, Volleyball is the only team sport where Poland will be represented in London and after the great success of the local heroes in the World League finals we can state that Europe’s Volleyball heart is to be found in this country. I am sure that also this Championship will bring more people close to our sport” he added.
“I think it is a very good idea that Poland and Denmark are co-hosting this junior tournament before they embark on the senior adventure next year” said Mr. Przedpelski. “Denmark, Sweden and Norway are countries with a great potential in Volleyball and CEV wants to stay at their side to help develop the sport there as well”.
“It is a privilege as well as an honor for us to co-host this Championship with a partner like Poland. We know the importance and role of Volleyball in this country. We wish Volleyball could enjoy the same popularity also in Denmark. We thank the Polish Volleyball Federation for being ready to work with us” concluded Mikael Trolle, the Executive Director of the OC established by the Danish Volleyball Federation.
A detailed match schedule is available here