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ENG M: IBB Polonia have nowhere to train one month before Champions League qualifications

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source: sportowefakty.wp.pl; Photo: IBB Polonia London Volleyball Club/Facebook

The English representatives in the next edition of the CEV Men’s Volleyball Champions League, Polonia, have difficulties to find a venue to start preparations for the next season that will set off with the qualifications for the most elite club competition in Europe.



The reigning English champions (won the seventh title in their history in the prematurely ended 2019/20 season) Polonia are to take part in the First Round of the 2021 Champions League. However, they are having difficulties to start preparations.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions in the English capital, volleyball clubs can’t enter venues to begin to train. Although the country’s federation recently announced that indoor volleyball was granted by the government to resume its activities, in practice only more popular sports in England were “defrozen“. In theory, sports halls can be open, and practicing non-contact sports, including volleyball, are allowed. But what happened is that managers of the halls in London refused to open them.

Also, given that the procedures agreed by the English Ministry of Sports when allowing volleyball to be resumed grant a maximum of 30 participants in a match, it means that Polonia are unable to meet the CEV requirements. These restrictions would exclude linesmen which makes Polonia impossible to organize one of the Champions League (new CEV formula) qualifying tournaments in September.



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