MOSCOW, September 30. / TASS /. Moscow hosted the final draw for the group stage matches of the 2022 FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) Men’s World Volleyball Championship on Thursday.
The host team from Russia were seeded in Group A alongside the national teams from Puerto Rico, Tunisia and Serbia. The host team is expected to start their world championship run on August 26, 2022 against Tunisia in the championship opener in Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg.
The other matches of the national teams in Group A are expected to take place in Moscow, the country’s capital.
After the draw on Thursday, the teams of group B (Brazil, Cuba, Japan, Qatar) will play matches in the city of Kemerovo; The competitors of group C (Bulgaria, Mexico, Poland, United States) will meet in Novosibirsk; the city of Ufa will host Group D matches (Cameroon, France, Germany, Slovenia).
The city of Yekaterinburg will host Group E matches (Canada, China, Italy, Turkey) and the city of Krasnoyarsk will host Group F matches (Argentina, Egypt, Iran, Netherlands).
Russia was selected to host the 2022 Men’s Volleyball World Championship at the FIVB Congress in November 2018. The Russian side’s bid proposed ten different cities across the country as venues for the quadrennial championship.
The 2022 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship is scheduled to take place from August 26 to September 11, 2022 in ten cities across the country, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Ufa, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo and Yaroslavl.
The Russian national men’s volleyball team will participate in the upcoming world championship as the Russian Volleyball Federation (VFR) due to the international sanctions currently in force against Russian sports.
Sanctions against Russian sports
On December 17, 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne in Switzerland partially upheld the previous decision of WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) regarding a number of sanctions against Russian sport.
Following the CAS decision, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympics and Paralympics under the national flag of Russia for a period of two years.
The decision of the Swiss-based court also deprived Russia of the right to bid for the organization of all international sports tournaments for a period of two years. WADA’s sanctions will be in effect until December 2022.