2020 Volleyball Nations League canceled due to COVID-19
LAUSANNE: 2020 League of Nations Volleyball (VNL) has been canceled due to continued global coronavirus pandemic announced the world governing body for volleyball FIVB on Friday.
The VNL 2020 was scheduled to start on May 19 for the women's competition and on May 22 for the men's event.
The FIVB had in March announced the postponement of the tournament in order to protect the health of players and all involved and hoped to find a date later in the year.
However, the FIVB explained that the annual tournamenthad had to be cancelled this year due to the pandemic and its impact on host cities being able to deliver safe, accessible and high-quality competitions.
"Given the evolving nature of the pandemic , the complexity of staging the global event across multiple host countries, and the commitment to safeguarding participants' health, the VNL Council , the FIVB Board of Administration and the event organizers, jointly agreed to cancel this year's edition of the VNL, read an FIVB statement.
The FIVB is continuing to work closely with all parties to coordinate the schedule for the VNL 2021 while retaining both Italy and China as host nations for the finals, it added.
FIVB President Ary S. Graca said it would be irresponsible to stage the competition without being able to provide participants and spectators with a safe and accessible tournament.
Last year's edition of VNL featured 16 of the best teams in the world in each genre. Russia ranked first in the men's final in Chicago and the USA. USA It ranked first for women in front of large crowds in Nanjing.
In addition, FIVB announced that both the men's and women's editions of the 2020 Volleyball Challenger Cup, originally scheduled to be hosted in Gondomar, Portugal and Zadar Croatia between June 24 and 28, respectively, it will not take place this year.