Junior and Youth World Championships expand to 20 teams, hosts confirmed
The decision also means the hosts of the next edition in 2013 are confirmed as Turkey (Men’s Junior World Championship), the Czech Republic (Women’s Junior World Championship), Mexico (Boys’ Youth World Championship) and Thailand (Girls' Youth World Championship) were the only countries in the bidding process who confirmed their acceptance to organise a tournament consisting of 20 teams rather than 16.
To cater for the additional four teams the following distribution of vacancies will be used: AVC, 4, CAVB, 3, NORCECA, 3, CSV, 3, CEV, 6. The vacancy for the host country will be taken from the continental quota. One vacancy (for each of the four events) will be decided between CAVB and NORCECA accordingly.
The competition formula was also approved stipulating that 16 teams will play eight matches and four teams will play seven, increasing the number of matches from 64 to 70 however the same number of competition days remain (10).
Meanwhile, the Board approved a change of venue for the Men’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Italy from Rome to Verona while also agreeing to apply with immediate effect a rule to allow up to five team officials on the team bench consisting of a coach and up to two assistant coaches, and a maximum of two medical staff.
The Board also approved the new qualifying system for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to go to the Congress with the 12 vacancies per gender coming from the host (no change), two at the World Cup (three previously), one from each continental Olympic qualifying event (no change) and four from four World Olympic Qualification Tournaments (three events previously).
In addition, the Board received presentations from the organisers of the Men's and Women's Olympic Qualification Tournaments in Germany, Italy and Japan as well as the 2013 World Grand Champions Cup in Japan, the 2014 Men's and Women's World Championships in Poland and Italy respectively as well as the London 2012 Olympic Games.