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Denmark Considers 2018 Sailing World Championships Bid as ISAF Arrives in Copenhagen

As it prepares to host the ISAF mid-year meeting in Copenhagen from Thursday May 9-12, Denmark is considering bidding to stage the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

“In the light of the many sailing event activities in Denmark, it is only natural to go for the sailing event of them all – the ISAF Sailing World Championship,” said Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, the national sport event organiser that has – together with the national sailing federation, the clubs and host cities – supported and been awarded many international sailing events. “We look forward to examining the specifics of the bid condition for 2018.”

The jewel in Denmark’s sailing calendar this year is the 49er, and first ever 49er FX, European Championships in Aarhus from June 29 to July 7. It is the latest in a long list of events that have seen Denmark become a sailing destination. Aarhus, which would be the host city for the 2018 bid, will also host the 29er World Championships from July 26 to August 2, whilst Middelfart hosts international match racing with the Nations Cup from August 6-10.

“We have been preparing for the last 3 or 4 years – actually we’ve been preparing for this event since 1999, when we made the first (world championships) bid,” said Thomas Capitani, the executive director of Sailing Aarhus. “We’ve never been more ready to host the biggest Olympic class sailing event in the world. We have been improving our skills on all different levels. Our race committee is more international and skilled because we have hosted multiple international events every year for the last ten years. The technical side of it should be no problem.”

The presence of ISAF in Copenhagen this week further underlines Denmark’s leading role on the world sailing stage. Amendments to ISAF Regulations are the main topics with two relating to ISAF events and the Olympic Sailing Competition Qualification System.

But most crucially sailing needs to protect its position in the Olympics and Denmark has been at the forefront of making it more understandable and popular with a wider audience.

“We have been working continuously with our media set-up, making sailing more popular and easy to understand online but also making it more popular for onsite spectators,” said Capitani. “This year we are hosting the 49er Europeans simultaneously with a Tall Ships race event. There will be more than a hundred Tall Ships at the start in Aarhus, so we expect to have half a million people at the venue at the same time as the finals of the 49er European Championships.”

Editor’s Notes:

The 2013 ISAF Mid-Year Meetings will take place in the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel from May 9-12.

The ISAF Council meet on Saturday May 11 from 09:30 to 17:00 (local time) with a dedicated live stream available online for the first time. Simultaneous translation services will be available for delegates in French and Spanish. The live stream will be provided by sportsXstream, who are experienced in tracking and live video for sailing events, and can be found here: www.sportsxstream.com/isafmeeting2013

The 2013 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting is supported by the Danish Sailing Association, Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen and the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark.

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90 countries ready to broadcast EuroVolley2013

From Bosnia to Brazil, from Canada to Cameroun and from the Gaza Strip to Ghana. The interest for the forthcoming 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men in Denmark and Poland is huge. With 150 days to the first ball is served, 90 countries have bought the TV-rights.

The interest for EuroVolley2013 is huge and still growing. With 150 days to the first blue and yellow Mikasa ball is served, 90 countries from all over the world have secured themselves the TV-rights to broadcast the men’s championship in Denmark and Poland from the 20th to 29th of September.

“It is fantastic that so many countries already now have bought the TV-rights to EuroVolley2013. I am sure that we will exceed the 100 countries that have been our goal to start with. The massive interest for buying the TV-right shows how big and popular sport volleyball is in the world,” says Managing Director of the local Organizing Committee, Mads Bang Aaen.

Further 33 countries are currently negotiating with Infront that has the TV-rights.

These countries have bought the TV-rights this far:

Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine (including Gaza strip), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Djibouti, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Belarus, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Monaco, Dom-Tom, Mauritius, Andorra, French speaking part of Switzerland, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Gambia, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Botswana, Cap Verde, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Slovakia.

Sport Event Denmark partners the event.

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With Ride Like a Pro – UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo sets new standards for cycling races in Denmark

Ride Like a Pro: A professional cycling event setup with closed roads, motor cycles for safety and service, great courses and the unique possibility to win the rainbow coloured UCI World Championships jersey. All this and much more are the ingredients in the unique cycling cocktail called UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo which takes up the legacy from the UCI World Road Championships in Copenhagen in 2011 and brings together cyclists in the cycling enthusiastic capital of Denmark.

All participants in UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo get the chance to Ride Like a Pro in the 28 km Time Trial on May 10 or the 145 km Road Race on May 12 in races that will set new standards for cycling for all races in Denmark.

May 10-12 the UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo – a part of the UCI World Cycling Tour – will set new standards for cycling races in Denmark. The sport event organizers YWC Sports will raise the bar in organizing cycling events with the help of Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen, the Danish Police and 11 municipalities and create a ‘cycling for all’ event that has never been seen before in Denmark.

Ride Like a Pro in Denmark

Under the concept ‘Ride Like a Pro’ all cyclists – Danish and international – with the dream to participate in a professional race setup will have the chance in either a 28 km time trial in Elsinore May 10th or in Copenhagen in a 145 km road race May 12.

UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo offers professional settings with Ride Like a Pro: There is a very high level of service before, during and after the race, blocked off roads, more than 80 motorcycles on the course for safety and service, Time Trial with start ramp and a lead motorcycle for every single contestant, and it is ridden in spectacular courses with both big city life and rolling hills and narrow streets in the country side.

“We want to create a new race experience in Denmark with Ride Like a Pro. We want to show that you can ride in a cycling race in Denmark just like the professionals with focus on service and safety, great courses and blocked off roads. UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo has a very big, national setup that consist of a professional sport event organizer, the national sport event organization and the tourist organization in Copenhagen that work closely together with the Police and Home Guard and 11 Danish municipalities to create this great experience and professional setup for all cycling enthusiasts,” says Thomas Veje Olsen, Race Director and CEO in YWC Sports.

The Time Trial in Elsinore has 780 slots. The Road Race has room for 2,500 riders.

UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo is one of 15 qualification events for the official UCI amateur World Championships – the best 25% in each age division can participate in the final in Trento, Italy in September.

Contact:

Race Director of UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo, Thomas Veje Olsen from YWC Sports: +45 20 72 50 80

Business Development Manager in Wonderful Copenhagen, Lars Vallentin: +45 23 38 30 63

CEO in Sport Event Denmark, Lars Lovdov: +45 40 31 48 55

Facts: UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo – Part of the UCI World Cycling Tour

– May 10: 28 km Time Trial with start and finish in Elsinore, the home of Kronborg Castle from Shakespeare’s Hamlet

– May 12: 145 km Road Race with start and finish next to the national stadium, Parken in downtown Copenhagen

– UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo is a part of the UCI World Cycling Tour, the World Championships for all

– Race your bike like a pro with blocked off roads, lots of service and heavy focus on safety

– Room for 780 participants in the Time Trial

– Room for 2,500 participants in the Road Race

– 400 flag posts and officials

– 75 traffic officials

– 25 Police Home Guard, Police and medical team

– The event is organized by YWC Sports. Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen, Copenhagen Municipality and Elsinore Municipality partner the event. Contributing to the PR and public exposure of this partnership is The Branding Denmark Fund.

Web: copenhagengranfondo.com

Facebook: facebook.com/uciworldcyclingtourcopenhagen

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Brazil’s young hotshots look forward to Middelfart after Nations Cup double in Argentina

Juliana Senfft, one of the new generation of skippers from the sailing hotbed of Brazil, hopes to be a match racing missionary at the Nations Cup in Denmark this August, she said.

Senfft became the first woman to qualify for the Nations Cup grand final in Middelfart, Denmark, on August 6-10 after a 4-2 victory over arch-rivals Argentina in the South American regional final at the Club Náutico Mar del Plata on Sunday.

“Denmark is a great place for match racing,” The 24-year-old Senfft said. “We’ll have to be on top of our game there and hopefully we can get more people to understand it and that they’ll come and watch.”

She was joined by her compatriot, Henrique Haddad, who had to come from behind to win 4-3 against Argentina’s crew in the Open category. Haddat survived by little more than a coat of hull paint after a photo finish gave him victory by just 10cm in the sixth race when trailing 3-2.

The bi-annual Nations Cup is the showcase event for emerging match racing talent and former winners include Ed Baird, the 2007 America’s Cup winning helmsman with Alinghi.

The two young Brazilians skippers are both hoping it will be third time lucky for them in the Nations Cup. “It was a good weekend for us and boys,” Senfft said, “it’s our third Grand Final in the Nations Cup for both of us, it’s going to be really great going to Denmark.”

The 25-year-old Haddad was third in 2009 and 2011 and the 24-year-old Senfft, sixth in the two previous Nations Cups, has her eyes on a medal this time with her experienced and close knit crew of Gabriela Nicolino, Luciana Kopschitz.

The three-woman Brazilian crew needed all their harmony as they were up against the three slick Silva sisters from Argentina Martina (helm), Ana Lucia and Trinidad. If match racing is all about working together, knowing and trusting each other, that is a hard combination to beat.

But the Brazilians kept things in the family too, as Senfft’s trimmer for the last seven years, Nicolino, is her half-sister and she has known Kopshitz since they were children.

Such close alliances will be one of the features of the Nations Cup. “The team winning at Nations Cup 2013 will be world champion in co-operation,” Søren Laugesen, a former Denmark sailing team coach and the Nations Cup event manager, said.

Despite clearly still getting to know their boat – the women raced in threes in Magic 21s – the Brazilians dominated the pre-start and the whole of the first race. That established the pattern, with the Silva sisters striking back twice to make it 2-all at the end of the first day.

The turning point of the final may have come in the first race of the second day. Argentina were ahead and stretching away when a sudden change of wind forced the umpires to abandon the race. When it was was re-run Argentina seemed to have the edge again, but Senfft attacked, managed to force a penalty against the Argentines, took the lead and held it until the end. In the next race Senfft won the start clearly, gave no passing opportunity to her rivals and won the final 4-2.

“It was definitely a tough one,” Senfft said. “We didn’t know the boats and it was hard at first. The difference was we got more comfortable with the boat on Sunday and we were able to do more moves.”

Senfft was speaking from her home in Niterói, across the water from Rio de Janeiro, where she has grown up surrounded by sailing. Niterói boasts many famous names including Volvo Ocean race-winner, America’s Cup sailor and two-time Olympic gold medallist Torben Grael (whose Danish ancestry is occasionally invoked depending on the company) but Senfft also has sailing in the blood – her father, Ronaldo, was an Olympic silver medallist in 1984 in Los Angeles.

In the Open category – four in a crew racing in J24s – Argentine skipper Juan Ignacio Grimaldi started better than Haddad in the first race and led from the beginning to the end. In the second race, Grimaldi seemed to have a better start again, but the first shift went the way of the Brazilians and that was enough for them to win. In the third race, Haddad took a big lead and though Grimaldi made a stirring comeback in the final run, it was too late. But the pattern was reversed in the last race of the first day as Haddad won the start, but Grimaldi kept close to his stern, attacked and passed him downwind with a high-risk manoeuvre and then stretched the lead to level it 2-2.

The first race of the second day saw an even start. The Brazilian team took the right of the course and were ahead at the first mark. In the run-in Grimaldi attacked and at the leeward mark Haddad received an ‘immediate execution’ (red flag) penalty. That effectively ended the contest and Argentina coasted in to lead 3-2. That could have been decisive as Grimaldi almost made it 4-2.

In the sixth race, Haddad again led, defending the right side of the course. A luffing duel during the first beat ended with another penalty for the Brazilian team, but this time they held one. Haddad was still ahead at the end of the second beat, but Grimaldi’s final attack in the downwind run to the line saw a photo finish. It was judged that Haddad’s bow was just 10 cm ahead at the finish line. Perhaps that broke Argentina’s spirit because in the deciding race of the day, Haddad lead from start to finish and Grimaldi could find no opportunity to attack as Brazil sealed a 4-3 win.

Haddad joins American skipper Dustin Durant, who won the North America and Caribbean Regional Qualifier in February.

Middelfart, at the heart of what has become known as ‘The Triangle Region’ in the central Denmark, will host the seventh Nations Cup grand final. The whole region has only approximately 350,000 people but because of Denmark’s record in delivering world class sailing events, it beat some of the world’s top sailing locations and biggest cities including New York, Vancouver and Helsinki.

Results:

Open: Winner: Brazil: Henrique Haddad (helm), Guilherme Hamelman, Victor Demaison and Pedro Caldas. Runners-up: Argentina: Juan Ignacio Grimaldi (helm), Vito Contessi, Andrés Grimaldi and Hernán Marino.

Women’s: Winner: Brazil: Juliana Senfft (helm), Gabriela Nicolino, Luciana Kopschitz. Runners-up: Argentina, Martina Silva (helm), Ana Lucia Silva and Trinidad Silva.

Umpires: Marianne Middelthon, Flavio Naveira, Gonzalo Heredia, Gustavo Bernabei and Andrés Anca.

Race Officers: Herman Calcoen and Mario Laitán. Collaborator Yanina Calcoen and Franco Riquelme Antonetti.

Regional Finals

North America & Caribbean – Bridgetown, Barbados – 30 Jan – 3 Feb 2013

South America – Mar Del Plata, Argentina – 27-31 March 2013

Europe II – Lelystad, Netherlands – 1-5 May 2013

Europe I – Viana do Castelo, Portugal – 12-16 June 2013

Asia – Vladivostok, Russia – 6-9 June 2013

Africa & Oceania – TBC

Grand Final

Middelfart, Denmark – 6-10 August 2013

The ISAF The Nations Cup Grand Final 2013 – powered by The Triangle Region, held on 6–10 August 2013 in Middelfart, is organised by Match Racing Denmark on behalf of sailing clubs in Middelfart, Horsens, Vejle, Fredericia, Kolding and Sonderborg. Partners are Middelfart Municipality, Developing Fyn Municipal Ltd and Sport Event Denmark.

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One Year to go to the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships in Denmark

Fast, flat and scenic! In exactly one year the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships will take place in wonderful Copenhagen in Denmark. For the first time ever recreational runners will join the elite in a world half marathon and therefore it is a must attend event in your race calendar.

The IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships on the 29th of March 2014 is a once in a lifetime experience for runners of all kind. In only 2 days all the places reserved for the Danish market got sold out. BUT another 5,000 places are being held for the International participants.

The slogan of the event is: We can be heroes … and thus creating images of 300 elite runners with a tail of 25,000 recreational runners on the same closed off and epic course in a gigantic running festival.

The elite women and men will lead the race but the ambitious recreational runners – will be right behind them when the starter pistol goes off.

At the same time TV helicopters will be hovering over Christiansborg Castle, start and finish area, to cover the International Championships live from Copenhagen. The world will have their eyes on the participants as they run 21.0975 kilometers through the heart of Copenhagen.

Denmark, friends and families are invited to come and cheer along! Hot spots like never before, spectator guides and entertainment programs will be tailored for this very special day.

“The course is fast, flat and scenic. I assure you – this course is the perfect setting for making personal bests,” says Wilson Kipketer, former 3 x world champion and world record holder (800m) and the official ambassador of the event. As a matter of fact he will join the gigantic mass participation race himself.

He adds:

“Denmark is also a running nation. The mass participation race sold out in a few hours and thus tells the story. The Danish Athletic Federation, Sport Event Denmark and Copenhagen look forward to welcoming the world of running to Denmark in 2014.”

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and easy to get to as it performs the hup of Scandinavia. The city has been awarded Sports City 2012 for mid-sized cities and has a long tradition for sports events in the heart of the capital.

Facts on the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon 2014

Copenhagen, Denmark

29th March 2014

More than 300 elite runners from around 50 nations are expected to participate in Copenhagen in 2014. In addition 25,000 recreational runners from Denmark and abroad will contribute to the running festivities in the mass participation race.

For entries from outside Denmark please visit www.copenhagen2014.dk or www.half-marathon-copenhagen.com. Sales start 15th April 2013.

Staged by The Danish Athletic Federation; Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen and the Municipalities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg partner the event.

www.copenhagen2014.dk

Interview with Wilson: http://youtu.be/OHMvC66EyFY

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IIHF impressed by Denmark and Latvia set-up for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships

The IIHF bid commission has just visited Denmark and Latvia as part of the evaluation process of the joint bid for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships. The commission was impressed by the set-up presented.

“I’m really impressed. I didn’t know what to expect from Denmark as it is the first time I’m here with hockey. I saw the game yesterday, I’ve seen the hotels and now I’m going to see the plans for the arena and it is really a good experience,” says Peter Lüthi on the site visit to Denmark and Latvia.

“The IIHF Bid Commission seemed very impressed by concept of the joint bid from Denmark and Latvia which is based on outstanding facilities, a strong event organization and an activation plan that involves not only the Danish population and further develops Danish hockey but also focuses on contributing to the development of ice hockey in small countries,” explains Henrik Bach Nielsen, DIU President.

Denmark will be main host and Latvia co-host of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Denmark ranks #12 in the current IIHF World Ranking and Latvia #11. Both countries have participated in the World Championship continuously for many years.

A state of the art multi arena, Copenhagen Arena, will host the finals and semifinals as well as 30 preliminary matches. The new and modern Copenhagen Arena is currently under construction and will be finalized in 2015. Denmark will also play host to the World Congress that will be staged during the days of the finals in May 2017. Latvia will host the rest of the matches in Riga.

The bid was presented for the IIHF Event Committee in Zürich, and the host will be selected at the World Championship in May 2013 during the IIHF Annual Congress in Stockholm.

The joint bid has full and strong support from the national governments, the national Olympic Committees and the cities of Copenhagen and Riga, the national sport event organization, Sport Event Denmark, and the Latvian Fans’ Organization.

For more information on the joint Danish and Latvian bid for 2017, please contact:

Interview: http://youtu.be/QQrvYsFMQO4

Contact:

Henrik Bach Nielsen, President, Danish Ice Hockey Association: +45 4046 4785; hnie@stofanet.dk

Kirovs Lipmans, President, Latvian Ice Hockey Federation: lipmans@grindeks.lv

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Denmark has been awarded the 2015 Canoe Sprint World Cup

The 2015 Canoe Sprint World Cup will be staged in Denmark. Denmark – together with 2 more countries – has just been awarded a 2015 Canoe Sprint World Cup event by the International Canoe Federation at the ICF board of directors meeting in Glasgow this weekend. The strong bidders were Belgrade (SER), Poznan (POL), Moscow (RUS), Copenhagen (DEN), Duisburg (GER) and Brandenburg (GER).

Hosting the 2015 Canoe Sprint World Cup gives Denmark the opportunity to make another event, which is right on target with the objectives of the ICF. The organizers are confident that they can showcase an event with a high sustainability profile, a safe and simple setting for the ICF and the participants, and it will all be handled by experienced event partners.

“Together with Sport Event Denmark and the City of Gladsaxe we will make the 2015 Canoe Sprint World Cup a celebration of our sport, mixing top level sport performance with spectator friendly surroundings and services. We will continue the work for an ISO (International Oganization for Standardization) certification based on the experiences from the 2012 Marathon World Cup and the 2013 Marathon World Championships,” says Ole Tikjøb, president of the Danish Canoe Federation.

“Denmark has developed knowledge and experience in hosting international sports events. Hosting great sports events in Denmark is part of a fully funded government strategy including other spectacular events such as the 2009 IOC Session & Olympic Congress, the 2011 UCI Road World Championships and the 2011 UEFA Under 21 Football Championships, to mention a few,” says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark.

“We are convinced that the City of Gladsaxe in collaboration with the Danish Canoe Federation, the local clubs and Sport Event Denmark can organize a successful 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Denmark,” says Karin Søjberg Holst, Mayor of the City of Gladsaxe.

Editors Note : Facts on the 2015 Canoe Sprint World Cup

Dates: 22- 24 May 2015

Venue: Denmark’s National Regatta Course Lake Bagsvaerd . No more than 15 km from the heart of

Copenhagen City, the Danish capital

Contact:

Ole Tikjøb, president, Danish Canoe Federation. Mobile: +45 40 91 05 11

Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark. Mobile: +45 40 31 48 55

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Denmark and Latvia present a joint bid for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

The Danish Ice Hockey Association (DIU) and the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation (LHF) have today officially presented a joint bid for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The bid was presented for the IIHF Event Committee in Zürich, who will now examine all details of the bid in order to assess if the bid meets all IIHF hosting criteria. The host will be selected at the World Championship in May 2013 during the IIHF Annual Congress in Stockholm.

In the joint bid concept, Denmark will be the main host and Latvia the co-host of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Denmark ranks #12 in the current IIHF World Ranking and Latvia #11. Both countries have participated in the World Championship continuously for many years.

A state of the art multi arena, Copenhagen Arena, will host the finals and semifinals as well as 30 preliminary matches. The new and modern Copenhagen Arena is currently under construction and will be finalized in 2015. Denmark will also play host to the IIHF Annual Congress that will be staged during the days of the finals in May 2017. Latvia will host the rest of the preliminary matches and two quarterfinals in Arena Riga.

“Today, Denmark and Latvia have presented a very strong joint bid for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Our bid more than meets all criteria, with the most important factor being our two large multi arenas tailor-made for hockey at the highest level. Our event concept is based on outstanding facilities, a strong event organization and a legacy plan that aims to further develop hockey in new markets,” says Henrik Bach Nielsen, DIU President.

The joint bid has full and strong support from the national governments, the national Olympic Committees and the cities of Copenhagen and Riga, the national sport event organization, Sport Event Denmark, and the Latvian Fans’ Organization.

“What we did in 2006, we will do again in 2017: Creating an unforgettable event for the global hockey fans in a passionate hockey nation!,” says Kirovs Lipmans, LHF President.

For more information on the joint Danish and Latvian bid for 2017, please contact:

Contact:

Henrik Bach Nielsen, President, Danish Ice Hockey Association: +45 4046 4785; hnie@stofanet.dk

Kirovs Lipmans, President, Latvian Ice Hockey Federation: lipmans@grindeks.lv

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IOC members gathered in Copenhagen to discuss the values of Rowing

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Denmark and IOC member, Frederik, meets with fellow IOC Members and the World Rowing Federation’s council members; President Denis Oswald, Vice-President Anita DeFrantz and John Coates who are in Copenhagen this weekend for The World Rowing Federation’s (FISA) Extraordinary Congress.

FISA Extraordinary Congress is only held once every four years in order to consider if any changes are required in the Statutes and Rules. At this year’s Congress, held from 15 to 17 February in Copenhagen, Denmark, FISA is considering making alternations to its Statutes and Rules of Racing to better reflect the core values of the sport of rowing.

In 2010 FISA re-confirmed that rowing’s long-held and inherent core values were even more relevant today. It conducted a detailed Strategic Re-assessment Exercise which looked at all aspects of the sport, its events, its marketing and governance. With considerable input received from thousands of rowers and rowing officials worldwide through a global survey the following values were confirmed to be:

– Rowers are: Balanced, Dedicated, Focused and Determined

– Rowing is about: Teamwork, Inclusiveness, Nature, Endurance and Fairness

The Extraordinary Congress delegates will discuss and debate the proposed changes to the statutes and rules that can assure and assist in preserving the core values of rowing on Friday and Saturday of this week, and then vote on changes on Sunday at the Extraordinary Congress.

Copenhagen has a well-known reputation of being a leading congress destination with a record of high profiled congresses such as The 121st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session and Congress in 2009, the UEFA Congress 2009, The ITF Congress 2012 and this summer’s WCF World Curling Congress. Sport Event Denmark partners the FISA Extraordinary Congress. As the national sport event organization Sport Event Denmark recognizes the importance of staging congresses where the world of sport can meet and discuss.

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VELUX Group to be title sponsor of the 2013 CEV Men’s Volleyball European Championship

The CEV (Confédération Européenne de Volleyball) and the VELUX Group have entered a title sponsorship agreement for the forthcoming 2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Men in Denmark and Poland.

It promises to be a humdinger of an event when the best volleyball players in Europe play the Championship matches in Poland and Denmark from 20 to 29 September 2013. And the recently entered sponsorship agreement with the VELUX Group can give the European Championship a totally different dimension.

“We are extremely pleased with the partnership we have entered with the VELUX Group especially since this company has a long experience in sponsoring major sports events that have regularly turned into a terrific success” says CEV President André Meyer.

“Via this sponsorship agreement we feel even more confident that the EuroVolley 2013 in Denmark and Poland will raise the profile of the European Championship to unprecedented heights thereby setting the tone also for the next editions in the years to come”.

The CEV Volleyball European Championship – Men will be played from 20 to 29 September 2013 in Poland and Denmark. TV rights are expected to be sold to approximately 100 countries.

New name for tournament

The VELUX Group’s sponsorship imposes a change in the official denomination of Europe’s premiere Volleyball event which from today onwards will bear the name “2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men, Final Round”.

The VELUX Group, which is already title sponsor of VELUX EHF Champions League in handball, is delighted to be able to sponsor yet another international sporting event.

“Volleyball is hugely popular in many of our key markets. The sponsorship of the CEV Volleyball European Championship – Men in 2013 is a wonderful opportunity to expand our sponsorship portfolio with a sport that is energetic, passionate and one of the most widely-played sports in the world,” says Michael K. Rasmussen, Marketing Director of the VELUX Group.

The volleyball sponsorship will run from now until the European Championship comes to an end on 29 September 2013.

About CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men, Final Round

• Matches will be played in both Poland and Denmark on a co-host basis. The tournament will end in Denmark, with the semi-finals and finals being played in Parken, the Danish national stadium in Copenhagen.

• Serbia is currently European Champion and Russia Olympic Champion.

• Group A, matches to be played in Odense, Denmark, consists of Denmark, Italy, Belarus and the winner of the play-off between Greece and Belgium.

• Group B, matches to be played in Gdansk, Poland, consists of France, Slovakia, Poland and the winner of the play-off between Turkey and Latvia.

• Group C, matches to be played in Herning, Denmark, consists of Serbia, Finland, the Netherlands and the winner of the play-off between Croatia and Slovenia.

• Group D, matches to be played in Gdynia, Poland, consists of Russia, Germany, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

• The CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship can be followed at cev.lu and eurovolley2013.dk

About the VELUX Group

The VELUX Group creates better living environments with daylight and fresh air through the roof. The VELUX product programme contains a wide range of roof windows and skylights, along with solutions for flat roofs. The Group also supplies many types of decoration and sun screening, roller shutters, installation products, products for remote control and thermal solar collectors for installation in roofs. The VELUX Group, which has manufacturing companies in 11 countries and sales companies in just under 40 countries, represents one of the strongest brands in the global building materials sector and its products are sold in most parts of the world. The VELUX Group has about 10,000 employees and is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by foundations and family. For more details, visit www.velux.com.

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