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16/02/2018 19:52
Volleyball status as ‘clean sport’ comes to the fore at annual EMC meeting
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Luxembourg, February 16, 2018. The annual plenary meeting of the European Medical Commission (EMC) chaired by Prof Dr Manfred Holzgraefe took place on Friday at the CEV headquarters in Luxembourg City.  The Commission focussed much of their work on the ‘Play Clean’ anti-doping programme. On top of this, the EMC members had a productive exchange of views on the existing Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Snow Volleyball regulations.

The meeting started with a number of administrative items on the agenda, e.g. acknowledging the outcome of the latest meeting of the FIVB Medical Commission held on January 24 in Lausanne, and appointing the EMC members as CEV Medical Delegates due to attend to the many competitions taking place in 2018. Besides the mentioned topics, the Commission discussed the FIVB Anti-Doping Programme ‘Play Clean’, as well as general requirements for Snow Volleyball as this is still a very young discipline. EMC member Dr Edvin Dervišević announced that the results of a study focussing on chronic injuries among elite Volleyball players will be made available and published later this year.

A group picture with members of the European Medical and Legal Commissions taken following their joint session on Friday

The European Medical Commission is committed to safeguarding the status of Volleyball as a ‘clean sport’ by improving the existing anti-doping legislation. The EMC discussed, among other things, the use of performance enhancing drugs among underage players. The purpose of the EMC initiative is to prevent the use of performance enhancing drugs among young players by promoting the “cleanness” of the sport since the very beginning of their career. In order to develop a closer international cooperation on medical issues, the EMC confirmed that the Volleyball World Medicine Congress would take place in Slovenia in October 2019.

The European Medical Commission discussed a highly sensitive topic too: gender definition of transgender players to meet the basic principles of fair play. The EMC had the opportunity to review this item together with their colleagues from the European Legal Commission, who had their annual plenary meeting on Friday as well (see here).

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