2018-08-30 17:03:00 CEST
Beach Shorts: The week in the sands of the world
Welcome to another edition of Beach Shorts! This is an important week for beach volleyball players and fans around the world as the qualification process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics starts in Montpellier. But that’s not the only thing going on as a couple of top European countries will determine their national champions.
Join us and check what’s trending in the sands of the world right now!
Olympic qualification kicks off in France
The race to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has officially started as the World Tour one-star event in Montpellier, France, the first tournament to count points for the Olympic rankings, is underway this week. Even though most of the teams you’d expect to see in the Japanese capital in two years are not in the French city, the event reunites 47 duos – 25 men’s and 22 women’s – from 18 different countries.
German, Italian and Polish champions to be known
Three more National Tours in Europe come to an end this week with the German, Italian and Polish National Championships. The German event will be played in Timmendorfer Strand and will gather the country’s elite, including World Tour Finals’ sensations Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler. Injuries have ruled out Kira Walkenhorst and Chantal Laboureur, so Julia Sude will partner Körtzinger. The Italians will clash in Catania, while the Polish Championships will take place in the country’s capital Warsaw.
Kira Walkenhorst und Chantal Laboureur können verletzungsbedingt nicht in Timmendorf antreten 😞🍀 👉Leonie Körtzinger & Julia Sude bilden ein neues Team 👉Larissa Claaßen & Nina Interwies rücken nach
304 Likes, 7 Comments - Die Techniker Beach Tour (@technikerbeachtour) on Instagram: "Kira Walkenhorst und Chantal Laboureur können verletzungsbedingt nicht in Timmendorf antreten 😞🍀..."
China and Qatar on top in the Asian Games
Teams from China and Qatar came out on top in the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Jakarta Palembang, Indonesia. China’s Fan Wang and Xinyi Xia claimed the gold medal among the women and extended their country’s supremacy in the event as Chinese duos have won the last four editions of the tournament. Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan of Qatar, who won bronze in Vienna, were the winners in the men’s event.
We make it happen#history@#All Asian Games we are#warriors💪🏽🌪🏆🌋⚔️ it never comes easy you most work hard fo it 🥇💪🏽🏐🇶🇦
182 Likes, 11 Comments - AHMED.TIJAN.JANKO (@ahmedtijan1) on Instagram: "We make it happen#history@#All Asian Games we are#warriors💪🏽🌪🏆🌋⚔️ it never comes easy you most work..."
Social Media: Dancing with Anouk
Swiss star Anouk Vergé-Dépré had her season cut short due to an injury of partner Joana Heidrich, so the 26-year-old defender is using the time off to develop some new skills. The Rio 2016 Olympian flew to Cuba and is learning some salsa (the typical Cuban music) moves.
1,912 Likes, 67 Comments - Anouk Vergé-Dépré (@anoukvergedepre) on Instagram: "💃🏼🇨🇺👣"
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