LUXEMBOURG – The European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) and Mikasa are already under contract through 2020 for the Japanese manufacturer to provide high quality equipment to European Volleyball.
On Tuesday, Mikasa president Yuji Saeki and general manager Daisuke Akiyama were in Luxembourg to meet with CEV President Aleksandar Boricic to discuss the future of that partnership. The trio met at the CEV headquarters, where Saeki’s father had visited back in 2013 when the agreement began.
In addition to talk of extending the contract, the CEV and Mikasa also discussed the need to continue to grow the game of volleyball, especially at the grassroots level.
Mikasa developed a custom ball for the CEV Champions League back in 2014 shortly before the CEV signed a four-year contract extension lasting through 2020.
“Mikasa is a long-term partner of our Volleyball family and we are pleased with the extension of our partnership for another four years,” CEV President André Meyer said at the time. “Mikasa has been at our side from the very beginning of this action supporting our efforts as we continue to strive for innovation and excellence.
“Mikasa is the partner everyone would wish to have as they help us raise the profile of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball to new heights when it comes to elite sport but at the same time they also share our attention and concern for their development at the grass-roots level, with a primary focus on those countries where there is still much room for improvement. We will continue to work hard and together will pursue another era of success for our sport.”