Representatives from both the Croatian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and ParaVolley Europe (PVE) held a meeting to discuss the organisational needs for the ParaVolley European Championships, set to take place in Porec, Croatia, from 4-12 November.
Logistics and communications were two of the topics discussed at the meeting. The CPC also stressed the importance of this event, which will become the largest Para sport competition ever to take place in the country, to promote Paralympic sport across Croatia.
PVE President Toralv Thorkildsen said: “This championship opens a brand-new era for European Sitting Volleyball.
“Croatia is hosting our premier sitting volleyball event for the very first time. ParaVolley Europe and the CPC as organisers are working hand in hand for the successful delivery of this much-awaited event.”
Although the CPC has organized more than 12 major World and European competitions for people with impairment, this is a special challenge for them.
“We are really proud to organise the ParaVolley European Championships for men and women,” said CPC Secretary General Ticijan Komparic.
“It's the largest team competition for people with impairment ever held in Croatia, so there is a lot of work ahead of us. Thanks to the experience we have gained by organising numerous other competitions, we are sure that this will be another very positive experience.”
Over 400 players from 16 countries will compete at the ParaVolley European Championships. The more than 70 matches will be broadcasted via Croatian National Television (HRT) and an online livestream will also be provided.