In news reported by the ALL-Russian Federation’s press service, Russia will play as a host for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World championship in 2022 for the first time ever.
Russia was selected to host the 2022 championship during the congress of FIVB, the international governing body of all forms of volleyball. The names of the hosting cities as well as exact dates of the future event will be decided next year in 2019 during Administrative council meeting of the organisation.
“The [FIVB] administrative council selected Russia by a majority of votes. Just recently, FIVB President Ary Graca announced the decision, and Russia was granted the right to host the world championships. The decision on [host] cities will be made in February. Ten cities have lodged their bids, nearly all of them are already capable of hosting the world championship, they have good infrastructure for that,” All-Russian Volleyball Federation President Stanislav Shevchenko told TASS by phone.
In a statement posted on the federation’s website, Shevchenko said the event will be “a great honor and responsibility for us,” adding that Russia has huge experience in hosting top-level international sports competitions, including the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“This event is a tribute to all our fans, athletes, sports veterans and the country’s leadership, and to all people who care about this sport. Our country has a great number of volleyball fans, they deserve an opportunity to see volleyball starts from all over the world taking part in a tournament on their country’s territory,” he said.
FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships are held every four years starting from 1949. Although Russia has never hosted the tournament so far, the Soviet Union did so twice: in 1952 and 1962.