The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has announced that its 2021 Beach Volleyball World Championships have been pushed back by a year to 2022, as international federations continue to deal with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event had been set to take place in June 2021 in the Italian capital of Rome, but has been delayed by 12 months “due to significant changes to the global sports calendar” following the decision taken by the IOC and Tokyo to postpone this year’s Olympic Games.
The event’s organisers, including the FIVB, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) and the Italian Volleyball Federation (FIPAV), said that a “meticulous review” had been undertaken, with all parties agreeing that a delay to avoid an Olympics clash was the best solution.
The World Championships will remain in Rome, which hosted the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals in 2019.
The FIVB joins World Athletics in postponing its major showpiece event for 2021 to avoid conflict with the Tokyo Olympic Games, with the World Athletics Championships also being pushed back by a year.
The Beach Volleyball World Championships usually take place on a biennial basis, with the last edition having been held in Hamburg in 2019, meaning the FIVB is now set to host back-to-back world championships in 2022 and 2023. The hosting rights for the latter edition have not yet been awarded.