Exciting Future in Build Up to Tokyo 2020
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, February 8, 2019 – The FIVB Sports Events
Council met this week to discuss the volleyball calendar in the
run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In the qualification tournaments toward Tokyo 2020, USA, Canada,
Puerto Rico and Mexico will field teams in both genders while
Dominican Republic will be represented in the women’s tournament
and Cuba in the men’s event.
After the announcement of the host nations for Olympic
volleyball qualification events last month, the Council
discussed the latest plans for each event. In total, twelve
Olympic volleyball qualification events will take place in
August 2019, with the winners of each intercontinental pool
group joining hosts Japan. The Olympic qualification will
continue in January 2020 when five Continental Confederation
events will determine the remaining places.
Members of the Council were joined by presidents of the
Continental Confederations as they looked at a number of key
events scheduled to take place in the next 18 months, including
the 2019 Volleyball Nations League and the 2019 FIVB Volleyball
The 2019 VNL will introduce a new challenge request, determining
whether there has been four touches in one sequence. The FIVB
also introduces Challenge Referees at every pool event. Each
referee will attend an FIVB-led webinar to ensure the high
standards of officiating are maintained.
Another key item on the agenda
was the current World Ranking system and possible amendments, as
well as the importance of streamlining the FIVB Calendar to
ensure athletes feel supported and empowered to perform at their
he delegation also looked ahead to the 2022 FIVB Volleyball
World Championships, where Russia will host the men’s event
while the Netherlands and Poland will jointly hold the women’s
edition. The Council finalised plans for the qualification
process and the competition format, due to be announced later
this year following approval from the FIVB Board of
The FIVB continues its Commission meetings on 11 February 2019,
when the Beach Volleyball Commission meet in Lausanne.