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17/01/2013 16:00
DOL for final round to be live-streamed on website of Volleyball Federation of Serbia
2013 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship - Boys & Girls

Beograd, Serbia, January 17, 2013. The Drawing of Lots for the final round of the 2013 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship – Boys & Girls scheduled for Friday at noon CET will be live streamed via the official website of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia:
The DOL taking place at “Metropol Palace” hotel in Serbia’s capital city will be supervised by CEV Vice President and Jury President of the Girls’ Championship, Jan Hronek (CZE), and by Mr. Willy Bruninx (BEL), member of the European Sports Organizing Commission (ESOC).

A series of prominent guests will attend that ceremony, including Serbia’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Mrs. Alisa Maric, a former world-class chess player, the Family, Youth and Sports Minister of the Republika Srpska, Mrs. Nada Tesanovic, CEV Senior Vice President and chairman of the local Organizing Committee, Aleksandar Boricic, as well as the chairmen of the Volleyball governing bodies of the countries that will be co-hosting the Champs, namely Luka Juric – President of the Volleyball Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina – and Cvetko Pajkovic, President of the Volleyball Federation of Montenegro. Additionally, representatives of a good share of the participating countries – Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Russia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Belgium – will be there waiting for the results of the DOL. Members of the Yugoslav national team that claimed gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney will also attend the Drawing of Lots, alongside officials and players of the Serbian youth national teams, representatives of the sponsors, and many media.     

The X edition of the CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship – Girls will take place from March 29 through April 7 in Bar (MNE) and Kladovo (SRB), with the following 12 teams fighting for glory, medals as well as for a spot to represent Europe at the next Youth Worlds scheduled for this summer in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand: Serbia, Montenegro (organizers), Turkey (2011 champion), Italy, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, and France (winners of the qualifiers held some 10 days ago) plus Russia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Greece (the best second-ranked teams of that same qualification tournaments completed in early January). The girls from Serbia will try to prolong their good tradition in the event as they won silver in 2007 and 2009, plus two bronze medals in 2003 and two years ago in Ankara.

As for the boys, the final round scheduled for April 12-21 in Laktasi (BIH) and Beograd (SRB) will be joined by organizer and defending champions Serbia, co-host Bosnia & Herzegovina, plus the winners and the second-ranked teams of the five qualification tournaments held some ten days ago: Italy, France, Russia, Slovenia, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Austria, Belgium and Finland. Serbia is a double world champion in this age group having claimed that crown first in 2009 and retained it two years later in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Apart from their winning performance from two years ago in Ankara, the Serbian boys also have a silver medal from the 2009 edition included in their showcase. The top six of the European Championship will qualify for the 2013 Youth Worlds coming up later this summer in Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico.

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