Beach Volleyball Championship CEV Continental Cup, hosted by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, starts on May 14 at İnciraltı with the participation of 64 athletes from 6 countries.
Organized by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, which successfully hosted the BVA Balkan Beach Volleyball Championship, the European U22 and the European U18 Beach Volleyball Championship, the CEV Continental Cup, organized by the Turkish Volleyball Federation, starts on Thursday, May 6. The international organization, which is the second round of European Continental Qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, will continue until May 9 at İnciraltı Sports Facilities.
In the CEV Continental Cup, 94 games in total are planned to be played in men and women over four days. In women, Serbia, Slovenia, Poland, Greece, Finland, Czechia and Belarus, in men, Slovenia, Lithuania, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia and England will compete in addition to Turkey. Countries that finished their groups in the top five in the CEV Continental Cup will receive the final ticket. The finals will be held in the Netherlands in June.
Balkan Championship in Izmir two years ago kazanBeach Volleyball Women's National Team Athlete Bahanur Bökalp stated that she was the winner of the CEV Continental Cup. Tokyo Olympics has been postponed due to the pandemic and we are now in Izmir for the second stage. We aim to get into the top five among eight teams and get the final ticket. We believe that this beautiful city, in which we received the title of Balkan champion, is auspicious for us and we will make it to the finals,” he said.
Beach Volleyball Women's National Team athlete Merve Çelebi said, “We are progressing step by step for the Olympics that are the dreams of every athlete,” and said, “We successfully passed the first stage. Now, we will first pass İzmir, then the Netherlands and reach Tokyo. The value of Izmir is very important for me. I was champion in the Balkan Championship held in Izmir. The atmosphere and the influence of the audience was incredible. I hope we will experience the same feelings again in Izmir, ”he said.
Beach Volleyball Men's National Team athlete Murat Giginoğlu, who said that they have worked hard for years to take part in the Olympics and are now ready, said: “We are happy to be in İzmir. We took part in special tournaments abroad. After the camp in Antalya, we came to Izmir. Very strong teams are coming and we are one of them. We have been working for this purpose for many years. We are ready now. We want to be successful from here as it suits us and to be in the Netherlands stage. İzmir has always been a special place for me. I got my first beach volleyball league title here, in various championships kazani was Finally, we won the championship in the Balkan Championship. I want to experience the same successes again.”