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The competition canceled by the FFVB

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 15, 2020
After an aborted Final Four to conclude the 2019-2020 season, there will be no French men’s volleyball Cup during the 2020-2021 season. A decision that was officially taken by the Executive Board of the French Volleyball Federation at the request of a majority of club presidents in the Men’s League A. Indeed, while five of the 21 matches counting for the first three days of the championship have already been postponed and the health crisis suggests that new postponements of matches are likely in the weeks and months to come, the clubs have asked to the FFVB to offer a little more flexibility to the calendar for the 2020-2021 season, which will lead in particular to the Tokyo Olympic Games, through the outright cancellation of the Coupe de France.

“A choice of reason” for the president of the FFVB

Meeting this Tuesday, the Executive Board of the FFVB endorsed the decision and, as a result, the classification of the Men’s League A championship will be the only criterion for the distribution of European places for the 2021-2022 season. “I obviously regret that we had to make this decision because the Coupe de France is a major competition for the Federation and the clubs which participate in it,” said Eric Tanguy, president of the FFVB, in a press release. But we had to make a choice of reason, there are today too many uncertainties and games postponed to replace in the season. We must give priority to the French Championship so that it can come to an end and free up dates for the postponement of matches. “Regarding the French Women’s Cup, the reflection is still underway knowing that with the cancellation of the play-offs of Women’s League A already recorded by the LNV, the schedule has already gained flexibility. “We will communicate very soon”, assured Eric Tanguy.