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ACPV welcomes two more members

Zurich, Switzerland, December 21, 2018 – Kazakhstan’s reigning champions Altay Volleyball Club and Serbian defending titleholders Vizura Beograd are set to join the Association des Clubs Professionnels de Volleyball.

The Association des Clubs Professionnels can celebrate another milestone in its still young legacy as the two international top squads Altay Volleyball Club and Vizura Beograd are to become part of the recently founded ACPV.

The top squad from the Kazakh metropolis of Oskemen have gathered six domestic championship titles in the last seven years and recently celebrated their big debut at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships in Shaoxing, China. Living Volleyball legend Iurii Panchenko, who claimed Olympic gold with the Soviet Union in 1980 and silver in 1988, led his young squad to an impressive fifth-place-finish in the FIVB prime event in club Volleyball. The top club from Kazakhstan are the first non-European side to join the ACPV.

ACPV General Manager Ivan Miljković is already looking forward to working hand-in-hand with the Kazakh prime club. “Altay are eager to lead the way to further professionalise Volleyball, not only in Kazakhstan, but in Asia, too. Therefore, we are glad that this Asian powerhouse decided to be part of the ACPV.”

The second new member of the ACPV are reigning Serbian titleholders Vizura Beograd. The five-time Serbian champions from the “White City” are without doubt one of the big pioneers in Serbian Volleyball and one of the cornerstones of Serbia’s latest successes in international Volleyball. Vizura Beograd are the third Serbian prime club to join the ACPV after compatriots OK Železničar and Partizan Beograd.

“Of course, I feel proud that three clubs from my home nation Serbia want to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the other forerunners of international club Volleyball. The majority of the Serbian national team who made history with the gold medal at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball World Championships earlier this year started their career at one of these three Serbian powerhouses,” ACPV General Manager and 2000 Olympic champ Ivan Miljković.

15 clubs and leagues have joined the ACPV since its official launch in November. General Manager Ivan Miljković is convinced that this growth is proof of the ACPV’s importance in the growth of Club Volleyball. “Many clubs and leagues have contacted us in the last two months and told us that they want to work together in order to professionalise international club Volleyball. I am sure that more big names of international club Volleyball are to join us in the upcoming months.”

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