ParaVolley Europe President Branko Mihorko, right, and general manager Nello Calleja, left, met with ParaVolley Africa President Ehab Hassanein, centre, in Malta ©ParaVolley Europe

ParaVolley's continental bodies covering Africa and Europe have held their first joint meeting in Malta, with areas of cooperation between the two Federations among the topics discussed.

ParaVolley Europe President Branko Mihorko and his ParaVolley Africa counterpart Ehab Hassanein, as well as ParaVolley Europe general manager Nello Calleja were in attendance, with ParaVolley Africa treasurer and project manager Howyda Aly Mondy joining online.

Technical information, documentation, training camps, equipment and administration were among the areas of cooperation discussed by those at the meeting.

Both federations emphasised the importance of Paralympic sport being included in the Mediterranean Beach Games for the first time next year, with the multi-sport event open to countries in Europe and North Africa.

Global governing body World ParaVolley has launched applications for its beach discipline to feature at the Commonwealth Games and the Mediterranean Beach Games.

The Presidents of both bodies discussed areas of cooperation at the meeting ©ParaVolley Europe
The Presidents of both bodies discussed areas of cooperation at the meeting ©ParaVolley Europe

Mihorko discussed ParaVolley Europe's day-to-day operations, and the organisation's digitalisation.

Its competition structure was also referenced during the meeting, noting the different levels of European Championships, Nations Leagues, club competitions and event in the beach discipline.

The two federations vowed to continue developing cooperation between the zones.

The International Paralympic Committee is yet to publish a provisional sport programme for Los Angeles 2028, although ParaVolley is expected to be on it.

Beach ParaVolley is one of 11 additional sports to have applied.