Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 16
CEV President André Meyer is paying a visit to Baku as Azerbaijan's capital is currently hosting the Baku Masters, fifth and last stop of this year's CEV Beach Volleyball European Championship, Baku 2015 European Games official Facebook page reported.
This is the first major international Beach Volleyball competition organized in the vibrant capital of Azerbaijan and a perfect rehearsal for the Beach Volleyball event at next year's European Games.
Shortly after arriving in Baku, Meyer went straight to Heyat Rest Area and to the venue set up right on the shores of the Caspian Sea which is currently playing host to the Baku Masters. The President then attended a press conference together with CEV Vice President Jan Hronek where the Azerbaijan Volleyball Federation was represented by 1st Vice President Faig Garayev and by Secretary General Elshan Ismayilov.
"I am delighted with being here," Meyer said, "and I would like to thank the organizers of the Baku Masters, the Azerbaijan Volleyball Federation and the local media for their warm welcome and outstanding hospitality. Though I have just arrived here, I can sense that the ambiance is very good and everything is running according to plan. The Baku Masters is an excellent chance for Azerbaijan to test their organizational skills ahead of the European Games, an event which is taking much of our attention at the moment since - together with the local Organizing Committee and the European Olympic Committees - our Volleyball family is fully committed to make a huge success out of this inaugural edition."
Questions were then addressed to the CEV President as well as to Faig Garayev, who is also the coach of Azerbaijan women's national team which is about to participate in the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Italy 2014 starting on Sept. 23. Azerbaijan's women will be playing in Bari and take on the national teams of Belgium, China, Cuba, Japan, and Puerto Rico. This is Azerbaijan's third appearance in a final round of the World Championship after the team finished tenth in 1994 and thirteenth in 2006.