EuroBeachVolley awarded as “Sports Event of the Year” in Latvia

Friday 22nd of December 2017

Riga, Latvia, December 22, 2017. The annual Sports Awards are an event of truly important significance for the entire Latvian sports community. The President of Latvia, Mr Raimonds Vejonis, attended himself the 2017 edition of the ceremony together with the highest government authorities and most distinguished sports personalities of the Baltic nation.


The ceremony takes place every year during the Christmas period with local celebrities enjoying the privilege to announce the athlete of the year, the event of the year and other sports milestones of the year approaching its end.

This time around, the “Splendid Palace” in Riga was the venue chosen for the ceremony where alpine climber Ilgvars Pauls awarded the 2017 EuroBeachVolley held in Jurmala as the “Sports Event of the Year” in Latvia. The EuroBeachVolley was the largest event of this kind ever held in Latvia and the real highlight of the 2017 Beach Volleyball season as well. The Latvian Volleyball Federation delivered an outstanding championship with the support of the Latvian government and of the Jurmala City Council as well, which is one of the most important partners in the effort to take some of Europe’s most prestigious Beach Volleyball events to Jurmala, Latvia.

Home stars Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins claimed the silver medals from the men’s competition, while Martins Plavins/Haralds Regza and Tina Graudina/Anastasija Kravcenoka finished the tournament in fifth place. CEV Vice President and Latvian Volleyball Federation Vice President, Me Maris Pekalis, Latvian Volleyball Federation BoA member Ainars Mezulis and Acting Secretary General Edgars Zaizenijs received the award for the ‘Sports Event of the Year’. 

The EuroBeachVolley competed for this award with another two nominees: the FIA World Rallycross Championship “Neste World RX of Latvia” and the game played by the Latvian basketball national team against Lithuania at Arena Riga. 

In addition to the “Sports Event of the Year”, the organisers announced the winners of prestigious “Athlete of the Year” awards. These are NBA basketball player Kristaps Porzingis, and tennis player Jelena Ostapenko, who earlier in 2017 won the French Open in Paris. 

“We are really proud and thankful for the appreciation of our work. We will continue to organise huge Volleyball events in order to bring the “big” game to our fans, and this is only thanks to the trust shown by the CEV in our abilities to organise such competitions,” reads a statement of the Latvian Volleyball Federation. “See you in Jurmala next summer where the U22 European Beach Volleyball Championship will be taking place.”

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