Before the start of the tournament in Hungary, head coach Raimonds Vilde had stated that Latvia’s goal was to qualify for the final round of the European Championship. After besting Hungary and Spain in Szeged Latvia is still in full contention for that European ticket: “We have to stand the opposition brought by strong teams but we still want to achieve our goal” he says.
Latvia will start the second round robin by playing Hungary on Friday before taking on Spain and France on Saturday and Sunday.
In conjunction with this European qualifier, the Zemgale Olympic Centre in Jelgava will also host an international course for Volleyball coaches open also to the neighboring countries, Estonia and Lithuania. The seminar is organized by the Latvian Volleyball Federation in cooperation with the National Olympic Committee and supported by the Olympic Solidarity Program. The aim is to standardize coaching techniques around the world and provide coaches with high-quality education and tuition. The support provided by the IOC guarantees that the course is held in accordance with the standards and rules set by the FIVB. This educational course will run through September 12-16 and will be supervised by Mr. Jivko Jetchev from Bulgaria, thereby providing the participants with tips and information about the following topics: service, defense and libero.