2017 Preview: Japan preparing for Women’s Club World Championship in Kobe


Lausanne, Switzerland, January 8, 2017 – Japan enjoys a grand tradition of hosting top volleyball events. The sport made its Olympic debut in 1964 in Tokyo, and the city will host the next Olympics in 2020. And this year the country will play hosts to the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship for the first time.Kobe, a city on Osaka Bay in central Japan, will welcome the top women’s club teams in the world from May 8 to 14.“I look forward to seeing the Women’s Club World Championship take place in Japan for the first time. Japan has hosted many great volleyball events in the past and the 2017 Women’s Club World Championship will be another FIVB event that is sure to be popular with fans in Japan, who will get a chance to see the best club teams and players in the world,” said FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°. “Kobe will contribute to the growth of volleyball worldwide and help the FIVB in its vision to make volleyball the number one family sport entertainment in the world.” Japan follows Brazil (1991, 1994), Italy (1992), Qatar (2010, 2011, 2012), Switzerland (2013, 2014, 2015), and the Philippines (2016) as the host country of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship.Japan Volleyball Association (JVA) President Kenji Kimura said he was looking forward to a busy year of volleyball with the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship in Kobe …

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