Lausanne, Switzerland, December 16, 2016 – Australian volleyball fans will be in for a treat in 2017 when the Gold Coast hosts the FIVB Volleyball World League Group 2 Finals from June 23-25.
It will be the second time that Australia has hosted the Group 2 Finals after Sydney hosted the 2014 Group 2 Finals when the home side defeated France at Homebush Bay and it will be the biggest competition since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
“At Volleyball Australia we have worked hard to make our mark on the world stage,” Volleyball Australia CEO Mathieu 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.
“The finals will attract some of the most exciting indoor volleyball teams in the world.”
The Group 2 Finals will signal the start a run of top-level volleyball tournaments in Australia. Also in 2017 the national capital Canberra will host the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Group 3 Finals from July 21-23.
In 2018 the Gold Coast will host the Commonwealth Games that feature beach volleyball for the firsts time and Volleyball Australia is bidding to host the Asian qualifying tournament for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship.
Tickets for the World League Group 2 Finals will go on sale in January.