— Published 27 January 2021

A health bubble for the Volleyball Nations League

The FIVB is following suit. The international body announced in a press release on Tuesday January 26th that the next edition of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) would take place this year in a health bubble. It will be organised in May and June 2021, in a country yet to be determined. The goal is to protect the health of athletes and participants while maintaining the original sporting formula of the annual world event. The health bubble will have to accommodate the 16 participating teams in a completely secure environment, with anti-COVID tests carried out on a very regular basis. A single competition venue will be chosen for the group matches and then Final 6. This concept of a tournament in a single venue was presented to the VNL Council and validated during a videoconference with the participating countries. It now remains for the FIVB to invite applications from among the countries concerned to find a host city. Not easy. Objective: to finalise the schedule of matches for the end of February 2021.