EuroVolley Women 2021 champions to be crowned in Serbia!

Belgrade, Serbia, November 21, 2018. CEV President, Mr Aleksandar Boričić and Mr Zoran Gajic, President of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia, signed earlier today the agreement for the organisation of EuroVolley Women 2021 at a special ceremony held in the “Blue Saloon” of the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade.

Mr Vanja Udovicic, Minister of Youth and Sports in the Serbian Government, Mrs Ivana Dukic, the Minister’s special advisor, and Mr Darko Udovicic, acting Deputy of the Minister of Youth and Sports, attended the ceremony together with Mr Predrag Perunicic, State Secretary of sports. Mr Ivan Knezevic, Secretary General of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia, and Mr Zoran Avramovic, director of the Crvena Zvezda marketing agency and CEV Marketing Advisor, were among the attendees as well.

As for EuroVolley Women 2021, one pool featuring six teams will take place in Belgrade, as well as 8th Finals, quarterfinals, the semi-finals, the bronze medal match and the ‘big final’.

Serbia, actually Yugoslavia at the time, hosted the European Championships for the first time in 1975. Serbia and Montenegro and Italy jointly organised the 2005 men’s competition, with Rome hosting the final stage. Together with Italy, Serbia hosted the 2011 women’s EuroVolley, with Belgrade as the host city of the semis and medal matches.

Vanja Udovičić, Minister of Youth and Sports: “Serbia is the only country having both their men’s and women’s Volleyball national teams among the top four in the world. Our girls are the best in the world, and this is the proof of a systematic and continuous development of Volleyball in our country, which you can see in younger age groups as well. I wish to congratulate both presidents on that, Mr Boričić, who is a former President of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia, and the current one, Zoran Gajic. I know that it means a lot for every athlete to be able to compete and battle for the medals at home, in front of their own fans. It would surely mean a lot for our kids too who will certainly become more interested in this sport. We will do our best to help and contribute to the delivery of this great event. Once again, I am sure that we will be excellent hosts and that everybody will leave our country with beautiful memories and a strong desire to come back to Serbia.”

CEV President Aleksandar Boričić: “It is a great honour and a pleasure for me to be here with my Volleyball friends. I would like to thank Mr Udovicic, Minister of Youth and Sports, for helping grow Volleyball throughout the years. We appreciate his involvement very much. Moreover, I would like to congratulate Mr Gajic on the recent successes of the Serbian Volleyball family. The CEV changed the competition formula, so next year for the first time we will have European Championships in four countries per gender. In 2021, Serbia will host one pool of the women’s competition and matches from the last 16 stage until the final. We want to develop and promote Volleyball in a different way and this championship will surely mean a lot in that direction. I would like to invite you all to start promoting this big event in Serbia as of today.”

Zoran Gajic, President of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia: “I am so pleased for this and I have to thank our Minister of Youth and Sports for his immense contribution and for recognising our need to host such a major Volleyball event. Moreover, I would like to thank our Government who stood behind us and who gives us much support in our efforts. I am sure this will be a wonderful spectacle and a chance for everybody in Serbia to see the best Volleyball players in the world.”