High-ranking sports officials visit FIVB Coaches Course in Baku

Friday 24th of June 2016
High-ranking sports officials visit FIVB Coaches Course in Baku

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 24, 2016. While a FIVB Coaches Course Level II is currently taking place in Baku, an official meeting was organised on Friday at the Development Centre in Azerbaijan’s capital which was attended by the country’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) President, Mr Chingiz Huseynzade, the chairman of the Council for Youth and Sports of the city of Baku, Ragif Abbasov, the Vice President of the Azerbaijan Volleyball Federation (AVF), Faig Garayev, AVF Secretary General Elshan Ismayilov and the Vice President of the Azerrail Volleyball club, Vasila Abulova. 

Ukraine cause next sensation, edge Austria to play Netherlands in women’s final

Friday 24th of June 2016
Ukraine cause next sensation, edge Austria to play Netherlands in women’s final

Stavanger, Norway, June 24, 2016. Valentyna Davidova and Ievgeniia Shchypkova added another chapter to their fairy tale at the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final in Stavanger by securing Ukraine’s progression to the ‘grand finale’ of the tournament taking place in what is known as Norway’s Beach Volleyball capital. On Saturday Ukraine will play The Netherlands for the much desired and coveted ticket to this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympics. Austria and the Czech Republic will play for third place but no matter what the result will be, both teams will be travelling to Sochi in two weeks’ time to contest the FIVB World Continental Cup Olympic Qualification on July 6-10. No Beach Volleyball team from Ukraine has ever competed at the Olympics since the sport was added to the programme in 1996, so the Ukrainian ladies will be trying to achieve something truly historic when they contest the final with the ‘Oranjes’ on Saturday.

Russia through to semis as Ukraine fail to repeat sensation

Friday 24th of June 2016
Russia through to semis as Ukraine fail to repeat sensation

Stavanger, Norway, June 24, 2016. On a wet Friday morning – the organisers were told that as there was going to be 30 mm of rain over 24 hours – Russia secured their progression to the semis of the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final after producing two tie-break wins over teams from Ukraine. Mykola Babich and Iaroslav Gordieiev were not able to replicate their sensational performance from Thursday night where they shattered the Olympic dream of Germany’s Kay Matysik and Jonathan Erdmann, by far the most decorated team competing in Norway’s Beach Volleyball capital. Spain and Switzerland claimed one victory each on Friday morning to shape up a ‘Golden Match’ to be contested later in the day (5pm local time) that will determine another semi-finalist.

Team Azerbaijan set sights on European League Finals

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016
Team Azerbaijan set sights on European League Finals

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 22, 2016. The women’s national team of Azerbaijan will be hosting this coming weekend two matches with Greece on schedule for the semi-finals of the 2016 CEV Volleyball European League. The matches will be taking place on June 25-26 at the local Volleyball centre in Darnagul, Baku. The eventual winners of this double header will be playing Slovenia or Slovakia in the finals. Everyone knows how much is at stake since the eventual gold medallists will become candidates to participate in the 2017 edition of the FIVB World Grand Prix, replacing the lowest placed European team from the 2016 edition under the condition that they fulfil all of the requirements/conditions and are accepted by the FIVB.

Baku hosts FIVB Coaches Courses with as many as 31 in attendance

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016
Baku hosts FIVB Coaches Courses with as many as 31 in attendance

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 22, 2016. The Azerbaijan Volleyball Federation is working hard to further improve the skills and know-how of its coaches. As a result, a FIVB Coaches Course Level II is currently taking place in the country’s capital, Baku, and will continue through to July 2. 31 coaches are attending the course, including 11 from abroad.