This was stated by the Secretary General of the All-Russian Volleyball Federation (VVF) Alexander Yaremenko. On March 1, the FIVB announced the postponement of the men’s world championship from Russia, which was to be held from August 26 to September 11 in ten Russian cities.
“Initially, the position of the FIVB was that the World Championship was canceled due to force majeure, force majeure. This clause is taken into account in any contract, especially as important as the World Championship. This clause states that in the event of the championship being canceled, half of the entry fee is refunded to the applicant. Out of the $40 million that Russia paid, $20 million should be returned,” TASS quoted Yaremenko as saying.
However, later the federation changed its position, trying to make the Russian side to blame for this situation. According to the Secretary General of the WVF, it was the position of the International Volleyball Federation that caused the Russian side to apply to the Swiss court with a demand to compensate 80 million dollars for the postponement of the tournament.
Yaremenko added that this trial will take a long time.