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Qatar possible hosts of 2018 Men’s World Championship


FIVB President Jizhong Wei said since the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championships are being held in Europe, they should be on another continent in 2018

Doha, Qatar, October 14, 2011 – Qatar is a strong candidate to host the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in 2018 according to FIVB President Jizhong Wei who addressed the media on finals day at the FIVB Club World Championships in Doha on Friday.

The President is visiting the State of Qatar to attend the finals of the FIVB Club World Championships where VakifBank TTelekom Istanbul take on Rabita Baku in the women’s competition followed by Trentino Diatec Trento against KS Jastrzebski Wegiel in the men’s.

“I have to say that I'm very impressed about the level of the tournament this year, it has definitely improved compared to last year,” President Wei said. “The great performance of the European and Asian teams have definitely made this competition as exciting as always and it’s especially pleasing to see that all the matches are broadcasted live by Al Kass and Al Jazeera.

“Personally I know Qatar very well, I've been working with them ever since the Asian Games of 2006. I've seen how they have organised several sports events, and their professionalism is improving every day. Qatar will be organising other major events in the future - like the FIFA World Cup 2022 - and maybe even the volleyball World Championships for men in 2018. Qatar is definitely in contention.

“The next edition of the World Championships will be in Europe, so in my opinion the 2018 World Championships should be on another continent. In addition to that, we've already worked with Qatar so we know already a lot about the facilities and they know a lot about the FIVB requirements.”

The bidding process for the 2018 Men’s and Women’s World Championships, which are run separately, is open and the Qatar Volleyball Association has filed its application however a final decision isn’t expected to be taken until 2014.

The FIVB Volleyball World Championships 2014 will take place in Italy for women and Poland for men.


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