Press release – March 31, 2017
Zagreb, 31.03.2017. – The highest representatives of the NPC Croatia and the Management Board of ParaVolley Europe (PVE), held a meeting where they discussed the organizational needs for the ParaVolley Europe Sitting Volleyball Championships M&W in Poreč, Croatia (November 4. – 12.).
More than 210 days is left until the largest team competition for people with impairment ever held in Croatia. The meeting discussed the logistics and communication needs for the successful organization of the championship. NPC Croatia, as a local organizer, stressed the importance of this championship in the promotion of Croatian Paralympic sports, as well as Croatia in the world.
President of the Management Board of PVE, Mr. Toralv Thorkildsen emphasized a excellent work of Organization Committee so far: «This championship opens a brand-new era for European Sitting Volleyball and Croatia is hosting our premier Sitting Volleyball event for the very first time. ParaVolley Europe and the NPC of Croatia as organisers are working hand in hand for the successful delivery of this much-awaited event.»
Although the NPC Croatia organized so far more than 12 major World and European competitions for people with impairment, this is a special challenge for them: «We are really proud to organize the ParaVolley Europe Sitting Volleyball Championships for men and women. It’s the largest team competition for people with impairment ever held in Croatia, so there is a lot of work in front of us. Thanks to the experience we have gained by organizing numerous other competitions, we are sure that for us this will be another very positive experience.», said Ticijan Komparić, general secretary of NPC Croatia.
At the ParaVolley Europe Sitting Volleyball Championships in Poreč will participate more than 400 athletes and a total of 23 teams, 14 men and 9 women, from 16 countries around Europe. During the six Championships days there will be held more then 70 matches which will be broadcasted via Croatian National Television (HRT) and internet livestreaming. In the women’s competition Ukraina will be defending the Championship title, while in the men’s competition it will be Bosnia and Herzegovina.