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06/09/2016 22:18
CEV President visits Former Y.R. of Macedonia, praises tremendous efforts made to promote and grow Volleyball and Beach Volleyball
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Skopje, Former Y.R. of Macedonia, September 6, 2016. CEV President Aleksandar Boričić travelled this past weekend to the Former Y.R. of Macedonia to have a series of high-profile meetings with national authorities of the Balkan country. Shortly after arriving in Skopje, the CEV President had the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev, who had just been re-appointed to this position only a few hours earlier.

As a result, Mr Dimitriev’s first international meeting in this capacity was with the CEV President. Mr Boričić was joined by the highest authorities of the Volleyball Federation of the Former Y.R. of Macedonia and by representatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sport for a round of talks focussing on plans for the further development of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in the country.

The meeting was a productive one and it included discussions about the possibility to organise the final round of a European age-group competition. Mr Boričić was pleased with the proposal and said that the CEV and Europe’s Volleyball family will fully support any such action whilst also encouraging the national government to help the Volleyball Federation of the Former Y.R. of Macedonia in their efforts to implement such strategic project. The CEV President pointed out that any such event would certainly provide a tremendous boost to the popularity of Volleyball not only in the Balkan country, but also across the entire region.  

The CEV President acknowledged and praised the efforts made by the Volleyball Federation of the Former Y.R. of Macedonia to host international Volleyball and Beach Volleyball events but at the same time insisted that further support is needed from the country’s authorities if their delivery is to be taken to the next level.

CEV President Aleksandar Boričić portrayed together with the Prime Minister of the Former Y.R. of Macedonia, Mr Emil Dimitriev (right) and the President of the Volleyball Federation of the Balkan country, Mr Petar Jovanovski (left)

During his stay in the Balkan country Mr Boričić had also a meeting with the Mayor of Skopje, Mr Koce Trajanovski, at the time the Macedonian capital was hosting a CEV Beach Volleyball Satellite tournament for the second straight year. The City of Skopje was very much involved and financially supported the delivery of the event and the Mayor discussed with the CEV President the idea of organising a double-gender event in 2017. The CEV President was delighted with these plans and praised the efforts that are being made to promote and popularise Beach Volleyball not only in Skopje, but across the whole country.

The visit of the CEV President means a lot to the Macedonian Volleyball family. Mr Boričić is working hard in order to support the national Volleyball governing bodies of up-and-coming countries and the Former Y.R. of Macedonia is following suit by working hard in order to raise the popularity of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball to the next level.

The men’s national team claimed the silver medal in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the CEV Volleyball European League and this shows that the hard work which is being made by local officials, coaches and players is paying dividends and there is certainly more to come in the near future.

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