China is set to host the volleyball Olympic qualifier in September, according to the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). The event will take place in the city of Ningbo, in the eastern province of Zhejiang.
The tournament, which will feature teams from Asia and Oceania, was originally scheduled to take place in June 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The winner of the qualifier will earn a spot in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
The FIVB stated that the decision to hold the tournament in China was made after extensive consultations with the local authorities, and taking into account the strict health and safety measures in place in the country.
China has a strong tradition in volleyball and has been a dominant force in the sport for decades. The Chinese women’s team won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, while the men’s team has consistently ranked among the top teams in Asia.
Hosting the Olympic qualifier is seen as an important opportunity for China to showcase its commitment to volleyball and its ability to host major international events. It also provides a chance for the country to strengthen its bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games.
The decision to hold the tournament in China has been welcomed by volleyball officials and fans, who are eager to see the sport return to the international stage after a challenging period due to the pandemic.
The FIVB has also announced that it will be implementing a range of measures to ensure the safety of all participants, including regular COVID-19 testing, social distancing protocols, and the use of personal protective equipment.
In addition to the volleyball qualifier, China is set to host a number of other major international events in the coming years, including the Winter Olympics and the Asian Games. These events are expected to provide a major boost to the country’s tourism industry and showcase China’s ability to host large-scale events.
Overall, the decision to hold the Olympic volleyball qualifier in China is a positive development for the sport and for the country. It provides an opportunity for China to demonstrate its commitment to volleyball and its ability to host major international events, while also giving teams from Asia and Oceania the chance to compete for a spot in the Olympic Games. With the tournament scheduled for September, volleyball fans around the world will be eagerly awaiting the start of what promises to be an exciting and closely contested event.