LAUSANNE, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The world volleyball governing body FIVB announced on Friday that it will change the events calender after the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2020 will be postponed until after the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 .
"The FIVB, in close consultation with all participating federations and relevant authorities, and with the approval of the FIVB Board of Administration, has decided to postpone the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2020 until after the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The health and wellbeing of athletes, officials and fans, is the FIVB's highest priority and this precautionary measure is being adopted in the best interests of everyone involved," read a statement.
According to the FIVB, the decision to postpone the VNL will ensure that athletes can focus on looking after their health and fitness, and will enable the suspended events to conclude their seasons when the situation improves.
"The FIVB is, of course, looking to the future with optimism, and is working closely with the relevant federations and event organizers to find an appropriate date to host the VNL after the Olympic Games," the FIVB said.