European volleyball body awards key hosting rights

Confédération Européenne de Volleyball (CEV), the governing body of volleyball in Europe, has awarded hosting rights for the 2017 men’s European Championship to Poland and the women’s European Championship of the same year to Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Poland, which hosted the 2014 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World Championship, will stage the 2017 women’s tournament across four cities. Six cities – Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Lodz, Katowice, Krakow and Wroclaw – have been shortlisted. For the women’s event, Baku and Guba will host games in Azerbaijan alongside Georgia’s capital, Tblisi.

The CEV also unveiled a series of hosts for other events in 2016 and 2017 at its general assembly in Antalya, Turkey. The 2016 Beach Volleyball European Championship Final will take place in Biel/Bienne in Switzerland, while the 2016 women’s U19 European Championship will be co-hosted by Slovakia and Hungary in the cities of Nitra and Gyor, respectively.

Hungary and Slovakia will also organise the 2017 men’s U19 European Championship, with Puchov in Slovakia joining Gyor in Hungary as a host city. The organisers of the 2016 U20 men’s European Championship and the 2017 U18 women’s European Championship are yet to be determined. Next year’s CEV general assembly will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria from October 16-17.