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Russia to host its first-ever Volleyball World Championship in 2022

Although Russia has never hosted the tournament so far, the Soviet Union did so twice: in 1952 and 1962

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. Russia will for the first time ever become the host nation for the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship in 2022, the All-Russian Volleyball Federation’s press service announced on Thursday.

The host nation for the 2022 championship was selected during the congress of FIVB, the international governing body for all forms of volleyball. The exact date of the future event, as well as host cities, will be chosen during the organization’s administrative council meeting due in mid-February 2019.

"The [FIVB] administrative council selected Russia by a majority of votes. Just recently, FIVB President Ary Graca announced the decision, and Russia was granted the right to host the world championships. The decision on [host] cities will be made in February. Ten cities have lodged their bids, nearly all of them are already capable of hosting the world championship, they have good infrastructure for that," All-Russian Volleyball Federation President Stanislav Shevchenko told TASS by phone.

In a statement posted on the federation’s website, Shevchenko said the event will be "a great honor and responsibility for us," adding that Russia has huge experience in hosting top-level international sports competitions, including the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"This event is a tribute to all our fans, athletes, sports veterans and the country’s leadership, and to all people who care about this sport. Our country has a great number of volleyball fans, they deserve an opportunity to see volleyball starts from all over the world taking part in a tournament on their country's territory," he said.

Commenting on the FIVB decision, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said he was convinced form the very outset that Russia would be chosen as the host nation.

"I was sure that FIVB approve Russia’s bid," the minister said. "Volleyball is very popular in our country, and stadiums are full when top-level domestic clubs are playing."

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championships are held every four years starting from 1949. Although Russia has never hosted the tournament so far, the Soviet Union did so twice: in 1952 and 1962.