Lausanne, Switzerland, January 4, 2017 - Nanjing, China returns to the world stage of Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) beach volleyball again when it hosts the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships. The 16th double-gender age group event will be held July 11-16 in Nanjing.
Previously Nanjing hosted the 2014 Youth Olympic Games for athletes under 19 years old. Winning the gold medals were Russia’s Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin for the men and Brazil’s Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa/Ana Patricia Silva for the women.Quick links - Volleyball:
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The last FIVB U21 World Championships were held in 2016 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Read more here
Winning the men’s FIVB U21 World Championships in 2016 in Lucerne was Brazil’s George Wanderley/Arthur Mariano while the women’s FIVB U21 World Championships gold medal was won by Brazil’s Duda/Ana Patricia, the same team that won the Youth Olympic gold medal in Nanjing in 2014.
In the first 15 years of the FIVB U21 Beach Volleyball World Championships, Brazil has garnered the most final four placements, most medals and most gold medals in both genders. In U21 men’s competition, Brazil has 11 final four placements and 10 total medals including five gold medals. Other countries with men’s gold medals have been Poland with three, Italy and Spain with two each and with one each has been Canada, Latvia and the Ukraine.
In the first 15 years of the U21 women’s championships, Brazil has been even more dominant with 12 final four placements and 11 total medals including seven gold medals. Other countries with women’s gold medals have been Poland and Switzerland with two each and with one each has been Canada, the Netherlands, Russia and the United States.
Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in eastern China and has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of China on several occasions. Its present name means "Southern Capital".
Located in the lower Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing has long been one of China's most important cities. It is recognized as one of the four great ancient capitals of China. Nanjing has long been a national center of education, research, transport networks and tourism.
With an urban population of over seven million (2011), Nanjing is the second-largest commercial centre in the East China region after Shanghai.