The #EuroSittingVolley competition is less than 3 weeks away and there was a joint press conference held on this occasion with the Hungarian Paralympic Committee and the Hungarian Volleyball Federation.
The press conference was chaired by Péter Sárfalvi, Deputy Secretary of State, former World and European champion pentathlon athlete. He showed his appreciation regarding the cooperation between the Federation and the Paralympic Committee, and is very pleased that Hungary is hosting such a prestigious event, especially in the year when Budapest is the European Capital of Sport. “I wish good luck to our teams, for whom even the medal does not seem to be an unattainable goal.”
Dr. Ferenc Kovács , chairman of the Paralympic Committee, emphasised that since the start of the cooperation between Sitting Volleyball and the Volleyball Federation four years ago, this relationship has been ongoing and very successful. As a result such an important event can be held in Hungary. “It is a special joy for me to expect a record in the number of participants, since so many teams have never participated in a continental tournament before. In Budapest, there will be 21 national teams and nearly a thousand competitors and assistants attending the European Championships, which will be a new achievement. ”
The event will be hosted by the Civil Service University, with the matches in the Ludovika Arena and the teams accommodated on the campus. Dr. Gábor Szarka , Director General of the Campus, said that since the establishment of the facility in April 2018, it will be the first event for people with disabilities. “Thank you for the confidence, we are really trying to meet the expectations. The opportunity is also due to the fact that our facility is completely barrier- free and meets all the requirements that are necessary for welcoming the athletes.”
The president of the Hungarian Paralympic Committee, László Szabó said that the budget of the competition was 110 million HUF and thanked the Ministry of Human Resources for an additional support of 30 million HUF. He thanked Zsolt Ludvig, Secretary General of the Federation and his colleagues, Gyula Raska, Head of Department as well Zita Szabó who, in addition to being a part of the organising committee, is also a member of the women’s sitting volleyball team. “One of the biggest parasport events in Hungary will take place in three weeks, and it will definitely be our top event in team sports. We would also like to emphasise the European Championship motto which says that being disabled does not mean being a loser. ”
At the end of the press conference, Dr. Gábor Szarka and László Szabó signed a cooperation agreement between MPB and the Academy.