Lausanne, Switzerland, December 16, 2016 - The FIVB is pleased to confirm that the Gold Coast and Canberra are set to host major international indoor volleyball events in 2017, as Australia’s role in world volleyball continues to grow.
The Gold Coast will host next year’s FIVB Volleyball World League Group 2 Finals, while Canberra is set to host the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Group 3 Finals.Quick links - Volleyball:
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It will be the second time Australia has hosted both, and Volleyball Australia CEO Mathieu Meriaux said he is expecting strong support from the Gold Coast and Canberra communities.
“The finals will attract some of the most exciting indoor volleyball teams in the world,” Mr Meriaux said.
“We expect volleyball communities in Canberra and on the Gold Coast will be thrilled to have these events in their neighbourhood, because it will provide a tremendous boost to the sport locally.
“Added to that the likely international media exposure, including live television, and it will be a great opportunity to showcase their city.”
The Gold Coast, as host of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and Canberra, as the home of the new Australian women’s volleyball Centre of Excellence, are both seen as key markets in the future of volleyball in the country.
Sydney hosted the World League Group 2 Finals in 2014, which saw Australia beat France in a thrilling final in front of a capacity crowd at Homebush Bay.
Canberra hosted the 2015 World Grand Prix Group 3 Finals, the biggest women’s volleyball event in Australia since the Sydney Olympics.
Mr Meriaux said Australia is also likely to host the Asian qualifying tournament for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship.
“At Volleyball Australia we have worked hard to make our mark on the world stage,” Mr Meriaux said.
“We are proud that volleyball is the world’s most gender-equal sport, and that Australians are now embracing what is also such an exciting game.
“Every time we host international events, we get wonderful feedback. International teams love coming to our country, they know we put on a good show, and for us it further cements our place as one of Australia’s fastest growing sports.”
Mr Meriaux said tickets for both events will go on sale in January.
The World League Group 2 Finals will be held from June 23-25, while the World Grand Prix Group 3 Finals will be on July 21-23.