Rome to host 2021 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships
Rome has been chosen to host the 2021 edition of the biennial FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, the FIVB, the sport’s world governing body, has announced.
The Championships form a central part of a joint 2019-2022 strategy by the 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.
The FIVB said: “The joint venture between the three entities represents an innovative pilot model for organising beach volleyball events. The aim is to continue the success of beach volleyball after the Olympic Games and establish an elite event series that is built around the players.”
Ary Graça, the FIVB’s president, 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. With this venture, we are testing a new management model where the sports governing bodies partner up to deliver outstanding events for its country’s athletes and fans. 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.”
This year’s FIVB World Tour Finals, scheduled for 4 to 8 September, will offer 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.
Vienna in Austria staged the most recent Beach Volleyball World Championships in 2017, and Hamburg in Germany will play host this year.