— Published 9 March 2022

FIVB awaits applications

Volleyball

Time is running out for the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). The body must find a new host country for the men’s World Cup in 2022 as soon as possible, after withdrawing the organisation from Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine. With less than six months to go before the competition, the task looks complex. The FIVB has announced that it has set a deadline of 14 March, early next week, to submit a bid. “Volleyball World expects substantial interest for this opportunity to host the best men’s volleyball teams in the world, the body said in a statement. All National Federations and  potential host nation(s) are invited to submit their bid to host the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022..” Originally, the awarding of the 2022 World Championship was decided between three candidate countries: Russia, the overwhelming favourite, Mexico and Qatar. The two defeated countries did not officially suggest that they would be candidates to replace Russia. We can understand them. A men’s World Cup brings together 24 teams, divided into six pools of four for the initial phase. The event lasts at least two weeks. It requires about ten venues. In Russia, the tournament was scheduled to take place in 10 different cities between 26 August and 11 September 2022.