Iran was named the host of the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Under 19 World Championship in 2021.
With all major international volleyball competitions having been called off until the end of 2020 – due to the coronavirus pandemic – the international volleyball governing body on Tuesday announced the host countries for the next editions of the world championships in different age groups.
Italy and Bulgaria were picked as the cohosts for the men’s under-21 event – where Iran will defend its 2019 title – while in the women’s categories, Mexico will hold the under-18 championship with Netherlands and Belgium cohosting the under-20 contest.
Following the announcement, FIVB president Ary S. Graça F° said, “I am delighted to see such strong hosting nations committed to providing more opportunities for young athletes to participate in international competitions.
“Each of these events is an important step in the development of an athlete’s career. As they grow their competition experience, I have no doubt that, in the future, we will see many of them proudly representing their nation at some of the biggest volleyball competitions on the planet,” the Brazilian added.
The exact dates of the four competitions are to be determined by the FIVB.
In the last edition of the boys’ under-19 championship in 2019, Italy beat Russia 3-1 in the final.
Iran will have the chance to add to its two world titles – 2007 and 2017 – when hosting the competition for a second time – after the 1997 event in Tehran.