Poland has submitted a bid to host the FIVB Men’s Club World Champmionships not only next season, but also in the two after, according to Przeglad Sportowy. If successful, which Poland feels confident they will be, they would become just the 4th nation in the history of this tournament to play hosts.
The tournament was first held from 1989-1992, where Italy hosted 3 times and Brazil the other. Then, after a 16-year hiatus, Qatar hosted the first four tournaments in a revival period, while Brazil has hosted the last 4 – including 3 times in Betim.
A decision is expected from FIVB next week, and event organizer Andrzej Grzyb says “I am convinced that they will choose our application.”
Poland is bidding against Russia and Brazil to host the event. Historically the championships have been held after the summer national team season but before the start of the world’s major professional seasons, but in 2017 FIVB is shifting the timeline to May. If successful for, Poland’s second-largest city Krakow is expected to host the semi-final and final rounds in Tauron Arena, with its capacity of 15,000 spectators. The tournament could shift to a new arena, being constructed in Gliwice, in future years if Poland gets its 3-year bid – a stadium that accommodates over 17,000 fans.
As for the preliminary rounds, 3 cities are being weighed: Rzeszov, Kedzierzyn-Kozle, and Belchatow.
The host federation of the Club World Championships is responsible for the $350,000 prize pool, plus a license to FIVB of $300,000 Swiss Francs. Further, they will be responsible for the travel and board of all of the teams (which come from around the world) and facility rental for the games.