Elham Asaad Buaras
Iran has been stripped of the right to host next year’s under-19 volleyball world championships, it was revealed on November 9. The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has instead awarded the event to Argentina.
FIVB stated it would not award any further events to Iran until an Iranian-British law graduate is released from prison for attending a men’s match.
Iranian Volleyball Federation Secretary General, Mahmoud Afshardoost, said, “We received an email from the FIVB announcing a change of plan.”
“We are waiting to find out the real reason [behind the change] and we will then decide what to do.”
Ghoncheh Ghavami (Facebook)
FIVB made a pledge during a recent meeting with Human Rights Watch that they would not award events to Iran while Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was given a year’s prison sentence for attending a World League match in June between Iran and Italy, or a ban on women attending volleyball matches remained.
The FIVB had warned that they would not move 2015 World League fixtures from Tehran because they had already been scheduled. They have also claimed they had no influence over next year’s Asian Volleyball Championships recently awarded to Iran.