Predictable. The FIVB’s decision to withdraw the organisation of the 2022 Men’s World Cup from Russia in reaction to its invasion of Ukraine will not be without consequences. The TASS agency reports that the Russian Volleyball Federation (VFV) has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). It is demanding financial compensation of 80 million dollars from the FIVB. According to the General Secretary of the Russian body, this sum would be used to cover the expenses incurred and part of the loss of earnings following the loss of the world tournament. The documents would be ready. They have been submitted to CAS. But the Russian Volleyball Federation is reportedly waiting for legal assistance to help it in its efforts, a support that is difficult to obtain “because of the problems of paying lawyers. Russia was due to host the men’s World Cup in ten cities, including the capital Moscow, between 26 August and 11 September 2022. The FIVB decided last month to withdraw the organisation of the World Cup and to start looking for a replacement host.
— Published 11 April 2022