Volleyball Canada announced that Winnipeg, Manitoba, will be the site of the next NORCECA Men’s Continental Volleyball Championship in September 2019.
The tournament is the official competition for senior men’s national teams of the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA). Since its introduction in 1969, the tournament has been played every two years, and typically includes eight teams. The results contribute to continental points, and the top four tournament ranked teams advance to the 2020 Olympic Games qualifier the following January. Canada finished third at the tournament in 2017, and won gold in 2015.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to host the 2019 NORCECA Men’s Championship here in Manitoba next September,” said John Blacher, Executive Director, Volleyball Manitoba. “Winnipeg was the home of the national indoor team programs for many years, and it’s now been over a decade since we’ve hosted any international men’s volleyball events. A new generation of young volleyball enthusiasts will now get a chance to witness the sport played live at the highest level.”
Matches will be held (Sept. 2 to 7, 2019) at the University of Winnipeg’s Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium.
“We’re absolutely thrilled that Winnipeg will be hosting the 2019 NORCECA Senior Men’s Continental Championship,” said Dayna Spiring, President & CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg. “Our city has proven that we excel at hosting national and international sporting competitions, with events like the 2017 Canada Summer Games and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. I’m delighted that we will once again welcome an international group of athletes to our city, and look forward to showing them the best Winnipeg has to offer.”
Volleyball Canada thanks Tourism Winnipeg, the City of Winnipeg, Volleyball Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Sport Manitoba for their support in bringing this event to the city.