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Greece opts out of the European League in volleyball

Cash-strapped Greek volleyball will this year skip the European League, the annual competition by the European Confederation of Vollyeball (CEV) for financial reasons.

The men’s and women’s national volleyball teams will for the first time miss the tournament that is meant to improve competitiveness of teams and promote the sport around the continent, as the Hellenic Volleyball Federation has informed CEV that the high cost that participation entails is prohibitive for the Greek teams.

The decision is expected to be ratified on Saturday’s board meeting of the federation, but it is reported that it was taken in December’s meeting and communicated to CEV this week.

According to the federation, participation would cost it some 300,000 euros, which the ruling body of the sport in Greece has decided to allocate for other purposes.

Instead, the federation has reportedly decided to upgrade Greece’s participation in the Mediterranean Games.