Beijing, China, May 23, 2017 – The 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals was officially presented to the press for the first time on Tuesday, in the presence of Volleyball Department Director Mr. Li Quanqiang from the General Administration of Sport of China, Jiangsu Sports Administration Director Mr. Chen Gang, Vice Mayor of Nanjing Mr. Hu Wanjin, team manager of China women’s team Ms. Lai Yawen and President of the promoter Jiangsu Fountask Sports& Technology Ltd., Mr. Li Yanming.
The Finals of the 25th edition of the World Grand Prix will be held at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre from August 2 to 6 when the hosts and reigning Olympic champions China will be joined by the top five teams from the Group 1 Preliminary Round standings to compete for the record winner prize money of US$ 600,000.
Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu Province and is the second largest city in eastern China, with a population of almost 10 million. Jiangsu Province, especially Nanjing, has a profoundly historical foundation and cultivated volleyball talents covering several generations, ranging from Yuan Weimin, Sun Jinfang, Zhang Jieyun, Zhao Ruirui, Sun Yue to Hui Ruoqi and Gong Xiangyu.
“The 25th edition of FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals is expected to play an unprecedented significant role in the city’s plan to build the ‘Capital of World Volleyball.” Nanjing’s vice mayor Hu Wanjin said, “In addition, it is for the first time for Nanjing to welcome China women’s team since 1996. We will seize this opportunity to expand the influence and enhance the popularity of volleyball in the city. ”
President of the promoter Jiangsu Fountask Sports& Technology Ltd., Mr. Li Yanming introduced the event’s sponsorship plan, which has been already launched. “The ticket-sale is due to start in the following weeks. In the meantime, we will arrange a series of social activities in accordance with the FIVB Volleyball Your Way such as campus visiting, mascot design collection and cheerleaders selection to grow the reputation.”
The Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre served as the main venue for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and also welcomed the National Games of China in 2005. The Olympic Park features a 61,443-capacity multi-purpose stadium, as well as a gymnasium, an aquatic complex and tennis centre.
It is the seventh time that the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals will be played in mainland China. Previously, Shanghai hosted the Final Four tournaments for three years running in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and Ningbo held the Final Six events in 2007, 2010 and 2012.
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