MANILA, Philippines – A match between China and France in the men’s division of the Volleyball League of Nations (VNL), scheduled for Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, has been canceled due to health and safety protocols.
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) announced on Monday night that China will not be able to release six players in their 15-hour match against France, which will automatically award a 3-0 victory to the French Spikers.
“China’s men’s national team is unable to bring in six players for the match, which was scheduled to take place in the Philippines on June 22, due to medical circumstances related to COVID-19,” a statement from the World Volleyball Club said. “Therefore, the FIVB and Volleyball World have confirmed the cancellation of the match with an automatic loss for China, which gives France a 3-0 victory.”
FIVB and Volleyball World apologize to athletes and fans for the inconvenience caused by the cancellation. As always, the main concern of the FIVB and the volleyball world is to protect the health and well-being of our athletes, officials and fans.
China’s next match is on Thursday against Germany. France will make its debut in the match in Quezon City against the Netherlands on the same day at 3 p.m.
China was not the first team to suffer from the COVID-19 outbreak, as Thailand’s women’s volleyball team also needed five substitutes after eight members became infected with the virus during stage 2 last week.
Japan also had members which tested positive for COVID-19which led to the cancellation of the friendly match against the men’s volleyball team of the Philippines on Thursday last week.
VNL Quezon City’s match kicks off on Tuesday against Slovenia and the Netherlands, who clash at 15:00, before Japan clashes with Argentina at 19:00.
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