Russia to bid for 2022 Volleyball Men’s Worlds

Russia will bid to host the 2022 Volleyball Men’s World Championships, according to Stanislav Shevchenko, the head of the sport’s national governing body in the country.

Last month, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said he would offer his full support to the Russian Volleyball Federation for a bid to host the 2018 edition of the championships. However, after Dr Ary S. Graça, president of the FIVB, the sport’s global governing body, declared an interest in implementing a new multi-host strategy for the 2018 tournament, Russia appears to have switched its attention to 2022.

“We are aiming at hosting the men’s championships in 2022,” Shevchenko said. “This is an official position of the Ministry of Sports.” Mutko met Graça late last week to discuss the possibility of the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi hosting the 2017 World Beach Volleyball Championship.

The FIVB is likely to make a final decision on whether to adopt a multi-host strategy for the 2018 event early next year. Russia and Qatar had previously expressed an interest in hosting the 2018 edition, but Graca told the latest issue of SportBusiness International that the FIVB had been considering the new strategy “for some time.”

Graca added to SportBusiness International: “Russia has one of the strongest volleyball traditions and the Russian team has always been incredibly successful. It has been a long time since Russia last hosted a World Championship so it would be good to take the competition back to a nation which is so committed to our sport.”