Volleyball World or Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) has announced India as the host nation for the Men’s Club World Championships for two years in partnership with Prime Volleyball League. The championship will be staged between December 6 and 10, 2023. The host city will be announced later this year. Notably, Volleyball Club World Championships is an international volleyball competition contested by senior men’s international teams.
The tournament is about two decades old and features men’s Volleyball clubs from across the globe. The teams compete for the title of World Champions and a share of about $350,000 in prize money. The FIVB and CVC Capital Partners together set up Volleyball World which drives growth, innovation and investment in volleyball.
Talking about the participation of Indian Volleyball clubs, the winners of the Prime Volleyball League in 2023 and 2024 will represent India in the tournament. Apart from the Indian club, established clubs from the top volleyball nations like Italy, Brazil, Iran, etc will also take part in the tournament.
“We are thrilled to have the Club World Champs being held for the first time in the subcontinent. This tournament is known for its exciting and competitive matches, and we are delighted to give fans in India, and around the world, via Volleyball World TV, the opportunity to watch the best clubs and athletes compete at the highest level," said Finn Taylor - CEO of Volleyball World.
Tuhin Mishra, managing director & co-founder of Baseline Ventures said: “This is in line with our mission to help the Indian volleyball team qualify for the 2028 Olympics and a global event which will be held for consecutive years in India will provide the perfect platform and exposure for our players."
“This is great news for our league as it will encourage every team in the league to give their best so that they can play in the championships. Also, this global event will surely create more excitement for Indian volleyball fans as they will witness the best volleyball action on Indian soil," Thomas Muthoot, owner of Kochi Blue Spikers and Chairman of the Prime Volleyball League board said.
Notably, the second edition of the Prime Volleyball League will start on 4 February.