Japan during a game against Poland in the Volleyball Nations League, in Manila. MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – The Volleyball Nations League is returning to Manila.

After a successful visit to the country's capital at the beginning of this year, the VNL will have another round of men's volleyball next year.

For five days, starting June 18, eight teams will be in action at a yet-to-be-determined location in Manila.

Japan, Brazil, the Netherlands and Canada, who competed in the Manila stage earlier this year, are listed as countries that will compete next year.

Meanwhile, the powers USA, France, Iran and Germany complete the eight representative teams that will compete in the country's capital.

Defending champions Poland, who competed at the Mall of Asia Arena last season, will not be in Manila this week but will be in Slovenia for the Ljubljana stage.

Ticket prices have not yet been released by the VNL or the Philippine National Volleyball Federation, but President Tats Suzara had already predicted the return of international competition to the country earlier this month.

“We will definitely have VNL next year, but I don’t know if it’s men’s or women’s, but there were discussions about bringing back the interest and enthusiasm (of fans) from men,” said Suzara in July this year at the end of the 2023 VNL stage Manila.

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