The Int'l Volleyball Federation (FIVB) announced the Volleyball Nations League, which is to begin in '18. The joint project between the FIVB, IMG and 21 national federations will present the game in a way that has never been experienced before, building on the sport's presentation at the Rio 2016 Olympics. In the men's and women's leagues, 12 core teams and four challenger teams will play in a round-robin format. A total of 130 matches will be played throughout the season, and every team will play a minimum of 15 matches. Each core nation will host at least one pool. The FIVB, in collaboration with IMG, will take control of content production, maximizing quality and promoting an on-court narrative. The FIVB will ensure in-stadium interaction by implementing a new concept called active engagement (FIVB).
Events and Attractions
Morocco will replace Kenya as host of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), organizers announced on Sunday, according to the BBC. The Confederation of African Football "unanimously decided to give Morocco the tournament ahead of Equatorial Guinea." Kenya had its rights to host withdrawn by CAF "due to a lack of preparation." The third candidate, Ethiopia, was not considered after "not providing a letter of guarantee from the country's government." Morocco has "not hosted a senior continental competition" since the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations (BBC, 10/15).
Glasgow police have issued a "stark warning" to Bayern Munich fans after 34,000 German supporters "tried to buy tickets for this month's Champions League clash with Celtic in Glasgow." Senior officers "fear a major security headache" ahead of the Oct. 31 tie in the east end of Glasgow. Cops "have moved to warn any German fans found to be in the home end will be ejected." The German club has been given 3,200 tickets for the match at the 60,000-capacity Parkhead (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 10/15).
Andy Murray "is set to compete in the Australian Open next January," Tournament Dir Craig Tiley said. He "has been sidelined since limping out of Wimbledon with a hip injury in July and, although he has not officially confirmed it, he is unlikely to play again" in '17 (SCOTSMAN, 10/10).