Of course the FIVB is going to just host yet another tournament in Poland 😔 What an awful, shameful decision. The interest in hosting was huge. Australia, Qatar, Turkey, Serbia... But of course the FIVB chooses easy money over actually having to promote this event.
It's ridiculous what the FIVB is doing, awarding almost all the tournaments to their 3-4 favorite countries. I mean, I'm not even exaggerating. Since 1998 the World Championships have been held in:
1998 - Japan
2002 - Argentina (the only exception on this list)
2006 - Japan
2010 - Italy
2014 - Poland
2018 - Italy
2022 - Poland
LITERALLY no other federation is doing this. If Basketball or eveb Handball, which is by far a smaller sport, can host World Championship tournaments in a wide variety of countries, why can't volleyball?
Thank God at least CEV isn't afraid of giving the European Championships to smaller countries. It's clear that Ary Graca's FIVB would be fine with pretty much killing international volleyball in most of the world, as long as they'd get to leech money from the countries where it already is popular.
The interest here in Poland is not really even that big this time around. I remember the excitement for WC 2014. Now even the major Sport news outlets don't great this as Important news. Most people just shrug and are like "oh, so we have yet another volleyball tournament. Cool."
I rememer Bulgaria was co-host with Italy and now Slovenia is also co-host !