Pyeongchang, South Korea, February 14, 2018 - Following the snow volleyball exhibition match held at Austria House earlier this morning, a press conference took place at the same venue at PyeongChang 2018 for an announcement on the development of snow volleyball worldwide and plans for the sport, including the inaugural CEV Snow Volleyball European Championships in Wagrain-Kleinarl and Flachau, Austria in late March 2018.
FIVB 2nd Executive Vice-President and CEV President Aleksandar Bori?i? addressed a large number of media together with the President of the Austrian Olympic Committee, Karl Stoss, FIVB General Director Fabio Azevedo, and some of the star players that featured in the exhibition match.
“Austria is a winter sports nation and snow volleyball provides us with the opportunity to show that we are a strong volleyball nation too,” the President of the Austrian Olympic Committee, Karl Stoss commented. “It is not our first priority to add snow volleyball to the Olympic programme. It is more important to promote the sport for the young people so that next to skating, sliding, skiing, they have another opportunity to do something with their family, friends. It will certainly grow and if it grows, maybe one day it could feature on the Olympic programme. Today’s exhibition match here at Austria House was a great way to promote snow volleyball.”
As many as 17 European Federations are hosting a snow volleyball national championship this winter while the 2018 edition of the European Tour includes six stops in four countries. The 2018 season will reach its climax with the first-ever Snow Volleyball European Championship due to take place in Wagrain-Kleinarl and Flachau, Austria from March 23 to 25, 2018.