Poland to co-host 2022 men’s world volleyball championships after Russia stripped of event

Poland and Slovenia will jointly host the men’s world volleyball championships this summer, officials announced on Thursday.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (left) speaks at a news conference in Warsaw on Thursday, alongside Sebastian Świderski (right), head of the Polish Volleyball Federation (PZPS).

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (left) speaks at a news conference in Warsaw on Thursday, alongside Sebastian Świderski (right), head of the Polish Volleyball Federation (PZPS).Photo: PAP/Piotr Nowak

Originally, the tournament was due to be held in 10 cities across Russia, but the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) stripped Russia of its right to host the event following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

„Russia were supposed to be the hosts of the volleyball world championships, but can you imagine that everyone would listen to the Russian anthem as if nothing had happened,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at a news conference in Warsaw.

„This is why we protested against it,” he added, speaking alongside Sports Minister Kamil Bortniczuk and the head of the Polish Volleyball Federation (PZPS), Sebastian Świderski.

The championships are scheduled to be held by the world volleyball governing body from August 26 to September 11.

Two round-of-16 matches, two quarterfinals, two semifinals, the bronze-medal match and the final will be played in Poland, Bortniczuk told reporters.

Poland defeated Brazil in the last two world championship finals to win titles in 2018 and 2014.

Poland’s national volleyball team last year won the bronze at the 2021 Men’s European Volleyball Championship.

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Source: IAR, PAP, TVP Info

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