CEV General Assembly reviews recent successes waiting for a bright future
News from the CEV
Luxembourg, November 16, 2012. After the opening by CEV President André Meyer and the welcome speech of the local authorities from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the first working session of the XXXIII CEV General Assembly continued with a series of ad-hoc reports prepared by the Presidents of the Commissions established under the CEV umbrella.
CEV Vice President and Treasurer Philip Berben discussed the state of the CEV accounts, so having the opportunity to brief the delegates about the financial stability enjoyed by Europe’s Volleyball governing body. Mr. Berben stressed that via the resources that were saved in the past years and via the extension of the partnerships with sponsors and partners the CEV got also the opportunity to distribute more revenues to clubs and National Federations, mainly via the prize money available for the European Cups and – for the first time in history – also for the top-ranked sides of the European Championship. Mr. Berben expressed his gratitude to his colleagues of the Executive Committee and Board as well as to the auditors who have actively contributed to assess and determine the prospects and sustainability of the CEV finances.
Mr. Berben also announced that Mr. Leo Dadema, who has been working as internal auditor for quite many years, had decided to step down from this position, thereby being replaced by Mr. Olavi Ala-Nissila of Finland. Finally, the CEV Treasurer briefly discussed also the budget for the 2013 year and confirmed that in the near future the CEV will start working with a professional marketing agency to search for sponsors to be associated with its competitions.
CEV Vice President Renato Arena recapped the activities of the European Beach Volleyball Commission (EBVC) and more specifically summed up a very busy and successful Beach Volleyball season whose highlight was represented by the memorable European Championship Final held in The Hague. This year’s calendar featured also a series of Masters and Satellite tournaments, not to forget the last stages of the inaugural Continental Cup whereby a couple of teams could eventually fulfill their dream to compete at the London 2012 Olympics. Mr. Arena also announced ambitious plans for the future with an ad-hoc development project funded by the FIVB specifically conceived for the youth and that will involve as many people as possible to gradually improve the quality of all CEV events and spread a real Beach Volleyball fever across Europe.
To round out Friday’s session Mrs. Riet Ooms, President of the European Cups Commission (ECC), started out her annual report by stressing the always increasing quality and appeal of what is unanimously seen as Europe’s most elitist competition, the CEV Volleyball Champions League. She also recalled that an innovative video verification system was successfully tested this past March in combination with the men’s CL final four in Lodz, Poland, to challenge – twice per set – the decisions of the referees, thereby contributing to a more relaxed atmosphere on the field of play. Mrs. Ooms stressed also the importance of the e-learning tool introduced to improve the education of all clubs when it comes to a good command and knowledge of the regulations that govern all European Cups. As for the future, the ECC will be working on a re-definition of the standards set for the sports halls that will be hosting matches of the European Cups as well as on a system to evaluate the work performed by the Supervisors nominated to officiate at European matches.
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