Two-time world champions Poland will open their title defence in a pool containing 2018 bronze medallists the United States ©Getty Images

Defending champions Poland are set to face the United States, Mexico and Bulgaria in the pool stage of the 2022 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's World Championship in Russia, after the draw was conducted today.

The draw, hosted in Moscow, decided six pools of four teams, with teams split into four seeded pots prior to the draw.

One team from each pot was attributed to each pool.

As defending champions, Poland, who defeated Brazil in the last two finals in 2018 and 2014, will face the US, who won bronze in the last World Championship, in Pool C.

Completing the pool are Mexico and Bulgaria.

Olympic champions France, who beat a Russian Olympic Committee team in a thrilling five-game final to secure the gold, will face Slovenia, who finished second in the European Championship earlier this year, Germany and Cameroon in Pool D.

Italy, who defeated Slovenia in that European Championship final, face Canada, Turkey and China in Pool E.

Olympic Champions France are due to face Slovenia, Germany and Cameroon in the pool stage  ©Getty Images
Olympic Champions France are due to face Slovenia, Germany and Cameroon in the pool stage ©Getty Images

One of the favourites, Brazil, winners of Olympic gold at Rio 2016 and Athens 2004 and silver at London 2012 and Beijing 2008, and who have lost the last two World Championship finals after winning three in succession between 2002 and 2010, were drawn against Japan, Cuba and Qatar.

A Russian Volleyball Federation team, to be known as that with Russia's name banned from the event under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sanctions, are due to play Serbia, Tunisia and Puerto Rico.

In the final group, Argentina will face Asian champions Iran, The Netherlands and Egypt.

The World Championship will be hosted across 10 Russian cities - Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Ufa, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad and Kemerovo.

The tournament is due to begin on August 26 2022, with the final played on September 11.

Russia was permitted to keep the World Championships in June, after WADA accepted it would be "legally and practically impossible" to strip the nation of the event.