The President of the National Olympic Committee, Vasil Tupurkovski, deserved a very warm welcome to the Volleyball family there in Skopje. The Assembly elected Gheorghe Visan (ROU) BVA Chairman for the current year, while Artur Romascan of Moldova was sworn as Vice President.
The General Assembly represented a unique opportunity for reviewing and assessing the past season and the many competitions that were staged by the BVA for national teams as well as for clubs. Even though the Balkan region is being confronted with the effects of the international crisis, still Volleyball and Beach Volleyball did not stop their positive development also via the valuable support provided by the CEV and the FIVB.
Organizers for the various Volleyball competitions coming up in 2013 were also determined as follows:
Pre-Youth Championships: boys in Bulgaria (with the participation of ALB, BUL, MNE, MLD, ROU, SRB, and TUR), girls in Romania (ALB, BIH, BUL, MNE, ROU, SRB, TUR have all registered to participate);
Youth Championships: boys in Bosnia & Herzegovina (with the following teams: BIH, BUL, MLD, ROU, SRB, TUR; GRE and MNE are still pending); girls in Turkey (BUL, GRE, MNE, MLD, ROU, SRB, and TUR are set to compete; ALB and MKD are due to confirm);
Junior Championships: men in Serbia (with BUL, GRE, MNE, ROU, SRB, TUR having all confirmed their participation; ALB, BIH and MKD are still pending); women in Montenegro (with a starting field including BIH, BUL, GRE, MNE, ROU, SRB and TUR; ALB and MKD are due to confirm their intention to participate).
As for Beach Volleyball, the Senior Balkan Championships will take place in Turkey and will be joined by pairs representing the likes of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia plus the hosting country.
The U23 Balkan Beach Volleyball Championships will be held in the F.Y.R. of Macedonia with teams from the hosting country set to test out the skills of pairs from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.
Finally, the U20 Balkan Beach Volleyball Champs will take place in Albania with the local pairs set to be joined by competitors from Bulgaria, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Turkey; Montenegro is due to confirm its entry at a later stage.
The exact venues and the final dates of all competitions will be finalized this coming April in conjunction with the annual meeting of the BVA Technical Commission.
The next BVA General Assembly is scheduled for December 14, 2013 in Bucharest.
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