Estonia named among co-hosts for 2021 men's EuroVolley
The CEV, the European Volleyball Confederation, has announced Estonia as one of the co-hosts for the men’s European Championships in 2021.
The 2021 EuroVolley will be jointly hosted by four countries, with Aleksandar Boričić, the CEV president, also revealing the Czech Republic and "possibly Germany and Finland" as the other hosts.
Boričić (pictured) said: “We are bringing together Estonia, Czech Republic and possibly Finland and Germany as the hosts of EuroVolley 2021 Men. Our wish and goal is to bring elite volleyball to the whole of Europe.
“Estonia have had one of the most active and dynamic national federations for a number of years already and after Finland, they are those taking the largest number of fans abroad. This means that with the help of local supporters and those coming from afar we can have a truly successful event here.”
This year’s EuroVolley Championships will be the first to be staged across four countries and will also be the first tournament to feature 24 nations.
The decision to adopt a four-country host model was taken in 2017 with the CEV stating that it will "provide a truly unique opportunity for the long-term, sustainable growth of the game across the whole of Europe."
France, Slovenia, Belgium and the Netherlands will stage the men’s EuroVolley 2019 from 13 to 29 September, with Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Turkey hosting the women’s event from 23 August to 8 September.
The CEV has already confirmed Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria as three of the four hosts for the women’s EuroVolley in 2021.
The full set of host nations for EuroVolley 2021 will be announced at the next CEV general assembly in September in Paris.