Dear Beach Volleyball Community

So far, we only knew a scenario like the current one from the fiction of various apocalypse movies. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this challenging time: the certainty that we have to put down everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus. A logical conclusion that, however, has a dramatic impact on all of us.

Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that, in turn, means for us that currently, nobody can assume the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After extensive discussions with the International Federation, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives from the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two Major tournaments. And we can no longer contribute to the upgrade of the event in Gstaad.

We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment, we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and unwavering commitment.

My thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years. I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year:

Goosebumps don't lie - See you @ the Beach!

Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

2019-02-25 11:31:00 CEST

Greek gold and the fortunes in Fortaleza

Another World Tour gold for Greece while familiar faces medal in Brazil

Second time in the podium for this season!!! 🥇#gold #podium #women #beachvolleyball #awards #cambodia #hellas #vickypeny #first #focus #adidas #ethicsport #greece

144 Likes, 5 Comments - Vicky Arvaniti Peny Karagkouni (@vickypeny_bv) on Instagram: "Second time in the podium for this season!!! 🥇#gold #podium #women #beachvolleyball #awards..."

Vasiliki Arvaniti and Panagiota Karagkouni have wasted no time in making a successful return to the beach together as they made it two World Tour golds in three tournaments by winning the two-star tournament in Cambodia at the weekend.

The Greek pair, reunited after two seasons off the sand, saw off the American challenge of Amanda Dowdy and Corrine Quiggle 21-14, 21-17 in the gold medal match in Phnom Penh.

Having already won first prize in a one-star event in Slovenia in November, Arvaniti and Karagkouni won seven of their nine matches in the Cambodian capital, coming through two rounds of qualification.

The silver medal for Dowdy and Quiggle was special given it was the US pair’s first tournament together and Corrine’s first ever World Tour medal.

Meanwhile the bronze medal went the way of Japan’s Chiyo Suzuki and Yurika Sakaguchi, as they battled back from going a set down to beat Thailand’s Tanarattha Udomchavee and Rumpaipruet Numwong in three sets (19-21, 25-23, 15-12).

The next World Tour event for the women heads to Visakhapatnam in India, which kicks off on February 27. Among the entrants are Austrian twin sisters Nadine and Teresa Strauss and Commonwealth bronze medalist from Vanuatu Miller Pata.

Golden start for Bruno/Evandro in Brazil

CIRCUITO BRASILEIRO CAMPEÕES!!!! Em nossa primeira etapa juntos, o lugar mais alto do pódio! Que momento! Felizes com essa conquista, mas cientes que o caminho é longo! Vamos seguir trabalhando, dia a dia, com muito foco, motivação e determinação! Sobre o dia de hoje, foram dois jogos. Na semifinal, passamos por Hevaldo (CE)/Arthur Lanci (PR), com as parciais 21/16 e 22/20. E, na decisão da etapa de Fortaleza, vencemos Álvaro (PB)/Ricardo (BA), por 21/16 e 21/17. @bancodobrasil @bbnosesportes @cimedesportes @redbull @redbullbr @underarmourbrasil @underarmour @cdfteam @anasolprotetorsolar @congeladosdasonia @marinhaoficial @prefeitura_rio 🏐 #EquipeEvandroeBruno #CTLeblon #bbnosesportes #bancodobrasil #cimed #cimedesportes #cimedsemlimites #voxxsuplementos #redbull #congeladosdasonia #anasol #euamosol #bolsaatleta #marinhadobrasil #prefeituradorio #volei #voleidepraia #beachvolley #timebrasil #umsósonho #umsóobjetivo #rumoatoquio #toquio2020 #olimpíada #torcidabrasil

1,134 Likes, 66 Comments - Evandro_Bruno Schmidt (@evandroebruno_oficial) on Instagram: "CIRCUITO BRASILEIRO CAMPEÕES!!!! Em nossa primeira etapa juntos, o lugar mais alto do pódio! Que..."

Reigning Olympic and World Champ duo Bruno Oscar Schmidt and Evandro Goncalves got their new partnership underway with a gold medal on home sand at the Brazilian national tour stop in Fortaleza.

The pair, who split from partners Pedro Solberg and Vitor Felipe earlier this month, beat Alvaro Filho and Ricardo in the final 21-16, 21-17.

Reunited pair Guto Carvalhaes and Saymon Barbosa were also on the podium, as the youngsters saw off a determined effort from Hevaldo and Arthur Lanci to win bronze.

In the women’s event, Carol Solberg Salgado and Maria Antonelli won gold. The experienced duo beat reigning World Tour Finals champions Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda in the final, 21-17, 21-17.

Campeãs!!!!!!!!! ✨🍾🏆🥇Muitoooo feliz em ter ganhado aqui em Fortaleza de novo!!! Obrigada a todo mundo que manda aquela energia boa pra gente e pra toda nossa equipe @kioday @leovolei1 @julionoronha92 @andreiaadanttas @du_maia @alineawpsi @vidal_fisio @bio.marcelo @liviamendo @cimedesportes @cervejariumribeiraopreto @greenpeoplebrasil @osklen @pvbranco

1,636 Likes, 94 Comments - Carolina Salgado Solberg (@carol_solberg) on Instagram: "Campeãs!!!!!!!!! ✨🍾🏆🥇Muitoooo feliz em ter ganhado aqui em Fortaleza de novo!!! Obrigada a todo..."

Talita Antunes made her return to the beach with a bronze medal as her and new partner Taiana Lima fought back to beat Fernanda Berti and Barbara Seixas 19-21, 21-17, 15-12.

The Brazilian tour heads to Natal next, beginning on March 19.

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