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03/09/2020 09:00
Young Italians poised to contest #EuroVolleyU18M on home soil
CEV U18 Volleyball European Championship 2020

Marsicovetere/Lecce, Italy, September 3, 2020. The 2020 edition of #EuroVolleyU18M will start this coming Saturday, September 5, in Lecce and Marsicovetere, with the home side coached by Vincenzo Fanizza beginning their journey with three matches in Pool I. Unfortunately, due to travel restrictions still in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic, four teams – Russia, Finland, Slovakia and France – have withdrawn from the tournament. After completion of the pool phase, the top two teams from each pool will contest the semis and medal matches in Lecce, with the matches for places 5-8 due to take place in Marsicovetere. The YouTube channel of the Italian Volleyball Federation will provide fans with live streaming of all matches from start to the end of the competition.

After the withdrawals of four teams, Pool I in Marsicovetere features hosts Italy plus the national teams of Belgium, Bulgaria and Turkey. Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Poland compose Pool II with matches due to take place in Lecce.

The top six teams from the final standing will secure their participation in the 2021 edition of the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship.

The Italian national team has been working hard with two training sessions a day at Villa D’Agri sports hall in Marsicovetere. “We are obviously very excited and we are all looking forward to the start of this tournament,” says outside hitter Luca Porro. “To prepare ourselves in the best possible way we have been working very hard and have made many sacrifices. While doing so, we have respected the strictest hygiene and health protocols at all times,” he continues.