The World ParaVolley Board has selected the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina as the replacement host for the 2022 Sitting Volleyball World Championships for men and women to be held in November with the exact dates to be finalised subject to contract negotiation.
World ParaVolley President Barry Couzner OAM said: “I am very pleased with the response of several Members who offered to host the event – such support is greatly appreciated – and with their experience at the Zone level, I am sure that BIH will plan and deliver an excellent event for the athletes. It is a great relief to know that the 2022 Sitting Volleyball World Championships, the 13th event for men and the 8th event for women, will proceed despite the challenges of COVID”.
World ParaVolley Sport Director, Lori Okimura said: “I would like to emphasize how significant it was to receive such great interest in hosting the postponed 2022 Sitting Volleyball World Championships. Thank you to all the countries that participated in this expedited process to find a replacement host city for the tournament. I would also like to acknowledge the hard work and outstanding support that China’s local organizing committee put forth as our original host until their efforts were stalled by the global pandemic. With such positive interest and strong bids for the Board to consider from around the world, we will continue to work with all of these countries in our open bidding process to promote more tournaments in the future.”
Special note: The BIH men have won 3 Sitting Volleyball World Championships to date, and this would be the first time that BIH has hosted this event.