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22/03/2017 16:46
CEV pleased with outcome of high-profile meetings in Malta
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Valletta, Malta, March 22, 2017. While in Malta for the meeting of the CEV Executive Committee taking place on Wednesday, March 22, CEV President Aleksandar Boričić and CEV Senior Vice President Renato Arena, accompanied by the President of the Malta Volleyball Association, Jesmond Saliba met the President of the Country, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.

During the meeting discussions evolved on the importance of Volleyball in the national agenda in terms of education, social inclusion and healthy lifestyles. The President of Malta also referred to the importance of sports as a diplomatic tool, and gave her commitment to support all efforts so that Volleyball takes centre stage in sports diplomacy. The President of Malta thanked the CEV for their interest and commitment towards Malta and highlighted the efforts by the National Federation in the holistic approach that it applies in its work.

Another meeting took place with club presidents and delegates as well as with the athletes of the National Team and the Youth Talent Development Programme, which is currently being implemented by the Malta Volleyball Association.

Earlier, the President of the CEV also visited Dar tal-Providenza, a residence for people with disability, which is synonymous with the societal role of Volleyball, as the sport, every year, is used to collect the much needed funds the charity requires to cater for its residents. Another visit was to the school in Birkirikara, one of the schools where the Malta Volleyball Association is currently implementing its ‘Let’s All Play’ schools project.

The Minister for Sport, Hon. Chris Agius, officially inaugurated the CEV Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday morning. In his speech, Minister Agius thanked the CEV for their commitment to the new leadership and teams at the Malta Volleyball Association, which in a relatively short time, has put a lot of effort and work to revive the sport. This sentiment was reiterated by Mr Mark Cutajar, CEO of SportMalta, i.e. the official Government entity responsible for sports, which announced that it would be committing itself in a nationwide project for the inclusion of Volleyball in schools in Malta.

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