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FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship
Doha, Qatar
3-8 November 2009

 Press Release
FIVB looks for new organizer to host Club World Championship

Brazilian star Giba, left, playing for his Russian club Odintsovo Kazan in the Indesit Champions League
Lausanne, May 20, 2009 – The FIVB announced today that the 2009 FIVB Club World Championship scheduled for Nov. 1-9 in Doha, Qatar, will be hosted elsewhere after the Qatar Volleyball Association requested a cancellation, citing financial difficulties.
The FIVB is in talks with a number of potential National Federations who have expressed interest in hosting the prestigious club event, and is confident the competition, following a seven-year hiatus, will take place as intended in early November.

"I regret that the organizers in Doha could not fulfil their obligations," said FIVB 2nd Executive Vice-President and Sports Events Council President Theofanis Tsiokris, "but we would like to extend our thanks to them for their efforts in attempting to put on the competition. The FIVB will now look to choose a new host country from a list of interested parties."

FIVB Volleyball Events Director Piero Rebaudengo also expressed his disappointment at the cancellation following fruitful talks with the Doha organizers in recent months.

"It's a pity that the tournament won't be held in Doha as they were keen to host it and proposed many interesting ideas that we were quite excited about," said Rebaudengo. "One such proposal, the 'Golden Formula,' will be implemented at the competition regardless of where it is staged."

The Golden Formula is a rule intended to prolong rallies that requires the first attack to be from the back row. The rule is already mandatory in the Qatari domestic league.

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