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Hosts VFR will open the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Russia 2022 against reigning African champions Tunisia on 26 August at Saint Petersburg Ice Palace, according to the results of the Drawing of Lots held in Moscow to determine the pools and venues of the first phase.

Alongside Tunisia, VFR will also face Serbia and Puerto Rico in Pool A which (other than the opening match) will be hosted in Moscow.

Reigning back-to-back world champions Poland (in 2014 and 2018), meanwhile, have been placed in Pool C, to be held in the city of Novosibirsk, where they will meet USA, Mexico and Bulgaria.

And world no. 1 Brazil are in Pool B at Kemerovo, up against Japan, Cuba and Qatar.

Composition of Pools at the 2022 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship:

Pool
Venue
Team 1
Team 2
Team 3
Team 4
A
Moscow*
VFR
Serbia
Tunisia
Puerto Rico
B
Kemerovo
Brazil
Japan
Cuba
Qatar
C
Novosibirsk
Poland
USA
Mexico
Bulgaria
D
Ufa
France
Slovenia
Germany
Cameroon
E
Yekaterinburg
Italy
Canada
Turkey
China
F
Krasnoyarsk
Argentina
Iran
Netherlands
Egypt

*Only the opening match will be played in Saint Petersburg.

Legendary volleyball heroes Lyubov Sokolova, Ekaterina Gamova and Taras Khtey of Russia, alongside Vladimir Grbic of Serbia were all involved in determining the fate of the participating teams, as they drew the lots from the bowls.

Earlier, four-time Olympic medallist Sergei Tetyukhin and former captain of the Russian national team presented the trophy of the 2022 World Championship.

Watch the Drawing of Lots on demand, as it happened:

The 24 participating teams were drawn into six pools of four each for the preliminary phase of the competition.

The 2022 World Championship runs from 26 August to 11 September across a total of ten cities (Kazan, Kaliningrad and Yaroslavl joining in later rounds those already set to host the first phase).