Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is the proud host of Europe's Volleyball family
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Luxembourg, May 4, 2013. Two illustrious guests from Luxembourg joined their countryman and CEV President André Meyer on Saturday morning to attend the official opening of the exclusive premises owned by the European Volleyball Confederation in Luxembourg City. The Minister for Sport of the Grand Duchy, Romain Schneider, and the Chairman of the Comité Olympique et Sportif Luxembourgeois, André Hoffmann, were also there to celebrate a historic moment not only for Europe’s Volleyball family but also for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
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The local authorities did even join their forces – so to speak – with CEV President André Meyer and FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° as they received a Mikasa ball each to hit a poster portraying the real estate where the CEV headquarters have moved since late February. This act replaced the more traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony and set the tone for a short cocktail attended by all CEV Board members and the Presidents of 41 national federations.
“I have the real pleasure to address once more Europe’s Volleyball family only a few months after we got to see here in Luxembourg City for your last General Assembly. This time you haven’t been brought together by the necessity to carry on your administrative work but rather by the unique opportunity to attend the unveiling of the CEV premises as well as the gala that will commemorate – later tonight – its 40th anniversary” Mr. Schneider said. “This is also a good occasion to recall that CEV was the very first – together with the European Table Tennis Union – international sports federation that found its way to our country. We owe this to two of our countrymen, André Meyer and Pierre Mulheims, who in the late ‘80s shared their vision of bringing Europe’s Volleyball governing body to the Grand Duchy. Since those days your Confederation has experienced an unprecedented growth and development. I am proud to state that the authorities of this country have always placed much value on the cooperation with CEV and have devoted their best efforts to make sure Europe’s Volleyball family finds its place here in Luxembourg. With the opening of this wonderful premises I see that your sport and your Confederation is opting for a long-term commitment to stay here and we all look forward to a cooperation agreement which is due to be signed in the coming weeks”.
Luxembourg has turned into the home of Europe’s Volleyball for more than 20 years and the celebrations for the CEV fortieth anniversary come only a couple of weeks before the Grand Duchy plays host to the Games of the Small States of Europe, a multi-sports festival which is going to draw even more attention to what local people affectionately describe as “the green heart of Europe”.
“Twenty-four years after coming to Luxembourg, it looks like CEV is feeling so good in our country that the Volleyball family has decided to settle down here” COSL President André Hoffmann said. “This is a decision that we welcome with open arms as our country’s mission is to possibly turn into a hub hosting many more federations next to the European institutions we are already known for. Together with CEV we share the challenge and ambitious goal to attract as many youngsters as possible to Volleyball. Though this sport requires very specific technical skills, it represents a unique asset to promote a healthy life-style and that team spirit that our contemporary society needs more than ever. With this in mind, I can only wish our cooperation with CEV will continue also in the years to come and I am convinced that the next 40 years will continue that unique trend of success Europe’s Volleyball has become known for”.
Picture: from left to right FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, COSL President André Hoffmann, Luxembourg Minister for Sport Romain Schneider and CEV President André Meyer