Volleyball has been heavily attacked by the Covid-19 pandemic and a series of top volleyball tournaments had to be delayed.
The test match for the Ariake Arena volleyball stadium in the framework of the Tokyo Challenge Cup took place from Saturday, April 21 to Thursday, April 26 in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But the Japan Volleyball Association was decided to cancel the event due to concerns about a COVID-19 outbreak.
The organizer of Olympic 2020 added that they will consult with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), and other relevant organizations to determine when to organize. function back to these test tournaments.
The Volleyball Nations League has been postponed
The International Volleyball Federation FIVB has also decided to postpone the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) championship in 2020 until after the 2020 Olympic Games, which is a new tournament aimed at organizing the world’s top volleyball teams.
The organizer decided to postpone but not to cancel the VNL. This decision was made after close consultation with all the National Confederation and relevant agencies. It was also accompanied by the approval of the FIVB Board of Directors.
The FIVB said postponing tournaments until the fall will ensure athletes can focus on their health and fitness. This will allow national tournaments that are currently suspended the event to the end of their season when the situation improves.
The revised deadline for VNL 2020 has not yet been determined. However, FIVB is working closely with the related federations and national events to organize the tournament. It is expected to take place at the end of the Olympic Games.
Beach volleyball events are also being canceled. So far, there have been some 3-star events that was canceled. It includes the events in Coolangatta Beach, Australian Coast (March 17-22), and 4-star events in Cancun, Mexico. (March 24 to 29) and Yangzhou, China (April 22 to 26) all postponed Also, 4-star events in Singapore (April 15 to 19) and Siming, China (April 29 to May 3) has been canceled.
Russia is also struggling with the pandemic. The Board of Directors of the Russian Volleyball Federation decided to suspend all tournaments until further notice. This Decision takes effect from 20 March 2020 until further notice. This also indirectly affects the volleyball betting industry in the world.