Four year volleyball calendar approved by Sports Events Council
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 14, 2013 – The FIVB Sports Events Council completed its annual two-day meeting on Saturday by confirming a four-year volleyball calendar through to 2017 for proposal to the FIVB Executive Committee, which meets on Sunday.
The Council meeting, which was attended by FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, FIVB 1st Executive Vice President and NORCECA President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, FIVB 2nd Executive Vice President and CEV President Andre Meyer, FIVB Treasurer and CAVB President Dr. Amr Elwani and Confederation Presidents Saleh Ahmad Bin Nasser (AVC) and Dr. Rafael Lloreda Currea (CSV), confirmed that the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships will take place from May 6 to 11 in 2014 – the men’s competition held in Betim, Brazil and the women’s edition in Zurich, Switzerland as per 2013.
The other major events in 2014 were already confirmed - the FIVB Volleyball World League (May 23 to July 20), the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix (July 25 to August 24), the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in Poland (September 3 to 21) and the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Italy (September 23 to October 12).
In 2015, the FIVB Volleyball World League will take place from May 29 to July 19 followed by the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix from June 29 to July 26. The FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships will take place from May 5 to 10 in 2015 while the first Olympic qualification tournament – the FIVB Volleyball World Cup is scheduled from August 22 to September 20.
The 2016 calendar sees the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships move to October 18 to 23 due to the Olympic Games qualification process while the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix will take place from June 10 to July 10, preceded by the FIVB Volleyball World League, for which the dates are still to be determined.
The confirmed dates in 2017 are the FIVB Volleyball World League from June 2 to July 16 and the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals from August 23 to 27.
The Sports Events Council, which is presided by FIVB Executive Vice-President Aleksandar Boricic, also approved the use of the Challenge system, which was used for the FIVB Volleyball World League and FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix in 2013, for all competitions in 2014 whilst also confirming the proposed participation criteria for the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships as per the following:
FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship: (8 vacancies) 1 host team, 5 Continental Champions and 2 Invitations
In addition to reviewing the 2013 Age Group World Championships, which included the inaugural FIVB Volleyball U23 World Championships, the Sports Events Council confirmed a proposal to streamline the number of teams participating in the Age Group World Championships as per the following:
Whilst also confirming the qualification criteria:
The Sports Events Council also ratified the decisions made by the FIVB World League and FIVB World Grand Prix Councils concerning the expansion of the competitions to 28 teams whilst receiving updates on the FIVB’s flagship tournaments: the FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship Poland 2014 and the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship Italy 2014 and the first tournament in the 2016 Olympic Games qualification process - the FIVB Volleyball World Cup Japan 2015.
The participation criteria for the FIVB Volleyball World Cup Japan 2015, from which two teams will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, includes the host country, two teams from each confederation, which are to be decided by a tournament or continental ranking (determined by each confederation) plus the world champion.
An update on the 2016 Olympic Games was also provided to the members, highlighting the outstanding facilities at the Maracanãzinho where volleyball is expected to be one of the showcase events during Rio 2016.