QATAR has joined the race to host the Under-19 World Championship in 2019.
The bidding process for FIVB’s biennial event is now open and the host nation will be announced in December.
Qatar Volleyball Association (QVA) President Ali Ghanim Al Kuwari had recently met his FIVB counterpart Dr Ary S Graca in Lausanne, Switzerland, and reportedly sounded him about the country’s interest to host the event.
This year’s edition will be held in Bahrain and the QVA is keen on the event staying in the Middle East.
“We’re a nation with huge sporting ambitions and hosting of major global events falls in line with our 2030 National Vision. We’ve already hosted many FIVB events in the past and the U-19 Worlds would be a prestigious addition to that list,” said Al Kuwari.
The QVA had hosted FIVB Club World Championship for four consecutive years (2009 to 2012) as well as World Tour’s beach volleyball event for three successive years from 2014.
“We’ve a clear plan and vision about the future and the kind of events we’re going to host. We’ll go strictly by that. The U-19 Worlds will appeal to the younger lot and it would be good to have the championship in Qatar,” he added.