The Netherlands and Poland will jointly host the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in 2022, the sport's governing body has announced.
It will be the first time that the showpiece women's tournament is co-hosted.
The men's edition was co-hosted for the first time last year, by Italy and Bulgaria.
Speaking in Warsaw at the Polish Volleyball Association’s 90th anniversary celebrations, FIVB president Ary Graça said: “The FIVB is delighted to have found two great nations, famed for their love of sport and their ability to host world-class sporting events. We conducted a very competitive bid process and unanimously decided that the joint bid of Netherlands and Poland was the best bid for the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship. For the Netherlands and Poland to come together, we have two great volleyball countries connected by their passion for volleyball.
“We have no doubt that they will put on a great show in 2022, delivering the ultimate experience for athletes and providing the best entertainment for fans, inside and outside the venues.”
The FIVB opened the 2022 bidding process in September, and awarded that year's men's tournament to Russia last November.
Japan staged the women's world championship last year, at which Netherlands finished fourth.