Rome to host 2021 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships
21st March 2019
It has been announced that Rome will host the 2021 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.
The Championships form a central part of the joint 2019-2022 strategy from the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), the Italian Volleyball Federation (FIPAV) and the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), with the aim to develop beach volleyball in Italy and bring flagship beach volleyball events to the country each year.
Speaking at the press conference, FIVB President Dr. Ary Graça said:
"We are delighted to be joined by FIPAV and CONI in our efforts to bring high-profile beach volleyball events to Italy, a nation with a proud sporting history. Italy is dedicated to hosting key FIVB events annually, including the FIVB World Tour Finals this year and the 2021 FIVB World Championships, both of which will take place in the famous Foro Italico venue".
Rome has already proved its beach volleyball hosting credentials, including in 2011 when the city welcomed the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships for the first time. Centre court was filled to its 10,000 capacity to witness Brazil reign supreme as Emanuel Rego/Alison Cerutti and Juliana Felisberta/Larissa França championed in the men’s and women’s competitions respectively.
With a total prize purse of $600,000 and a main draw of 32 teams per gender, as well as points counting towards qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the FIVB World Tour Finals in Rome (4-8 September) will gather the world’s best teams for what promises to be one of the most exciting highlights of the year. The Italian capital will provide fans with a true festival of beach volleyball, just over a year after the city witnessed the spectacular opening match of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship.
For more information, read the full story on the FIVB website.