The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and Volleyball World have revealed that Poland and Slovenia will host the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022.
In removing the event from Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, other European countries could also potentially join at a later stage.
Poland and Slovenia were two of many destinations to step forward with an offer to host the event which is set to be held later this year, after Volleyball World opened an accelerated bidding process last month.
FIVB President, Dr Ary S. Graça F°, commented: “The FIVB is delighted that the volleyball loving nations of Poland and Slovenia will welcome the Volleyball Family this summer for one of the biggest celebrations in our sport. Both countries have a proven track record of hosting FIVB events and are well equipped to host an exceptional Men’s World Championship.
“I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude for all the nations who expressed an interest in stepping up at volleyball’s time of need. For me, the way the Volleyball Family has come together in solidarity at this time has been very touching, and we are proud to have been able to find such an amazing solution.”
Furthermore, as per the FIVB’s regulations and with Poland and Slovenia already qualified for the event, Ukraine has been invited to replace Russia in the competition line up as the next highest ranked team in the World Ranking.
The orgsnisiontion has also revealed that the Russia men’s national will not take part after the country was declared ineligible to participate in all international and continental events until further notice.
In a continued demonstration of European solidarity, there is also the potential for one or several more European nations to join Poland and Slovenia in hosting the event, which are set to be announced accordingly at a later stage.
Last month, Russia declared interest to host UEFA’s EURO 2028 competition, despite the country’s international bans throughout sports. Due to the ongoing conflict, Russia had been warned off bidding as a host, but subsequently continued to do so.