2019-03-22 11:28:00 CEST
This week in the sands of the world
It’s Friday and that means one thing: Beach Shorts! And with that, comes a bucket-load of beach volleyball news crammed into one handy article.
We’ve got news of what’s happening in tournaments dotted around the globe, plus info on the next World Championships and, of course, updates on what you might have missed this week – especially the news from Brazil.
So without further ado, let’s get into it!
World Tour business
We start with the FIVB World Tour. This weekend sees the conclusion of a two-star, men-only tournament in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
With a prize kitty of 25,000 US Dollars, the event will be decided over this coming weekend with top-seeded Jyrki Nurminen and Santeri Siren of Finland the favorites to win the Anchor Beach Volleyball Carnival – to give it its official title.
Also in the running for ranking points and prize money are Australia’s Chris McHugh and Max Quehrer, Vaclav Bercik and Jan Dumek of the Czech Republic, Canadian duo Aaron Nusbaum and Michael Plantinga and Russians Maxim Sivolap and Artem Yarzutkin, who won last time out in Kg Speu, the Cambodian one-star event two weeks ago.
Little late posting, but watching highlights from 🇦🇺 gets me fired up for the 2 ⭐️ in Cambodia 🇰🇭 this weekend! . . . It's a little lengthy but I never post gameplay! . . . . . #highlights #cambodia #volleyball #balayage #siemreap #volley #ocean #volei #voleibol #volleyballislife #volleyballplayer #hairpainting #beachvolleyball #angkorwat #modernsalon #ombre #olaplex #behindthechair #kageyama #aobajohsai #kuroo #karasuno #tobio #pallavolo #kenma #sugawara #nishinoya #beachlife #balayageombre #americansalon
152 Likes, 3 Comments - Mike Plantinga (@beachmikep) on Instagram: "Little late posting, but watching highlights from 🇦🇺 gets me fired up for the 2 ⭐️ in Cambodia 🇰🇭..."
Also competing is Mihails Samoilovs, the brother of Aleksandrs, the Lion King, with partner Matiss Gabdullins.
Brazilians head to Natal
This weekend sees the next stop on the Brazilian national tour in Natal as a dramatic week on the sand in the South America.
And one team that won’t be competing together are Alison Cerutti and André Stein, after the duo announced they were going to call time on their partnership after just nine months has teammates. Alison will join Álvaro Filho after the event in Natal, where Álvaro will continue to play with Ricardo Santos. André, meanwhile, will partner George Wanderely.
1,747 Likes, 12 Comments - Summer Ross (@summernoelross) on Instagram: "Sara is tan after two days and i have a sunburn 🥳"
Also in action in Natal are Americans Summer Ross and Sarah Hughes. Swiss pair Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich were also in action, winning their qualification match, however and injury to Joana has meant the duo have had to pull out before the main draw gets underway.
World Championships 2021 host announced
While all eyes will be on Hamburg this year for the 12th FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, this week the city of Rome announced it will host the 2021 edition.
Al Foro Italico si gioca un match di #beachvolley molto particolare con il Presidente @giovannimalago, il Sottosegretario alla Presidenza del Consiglio Giancarlo #Giorgetti, il Presidente della @federazioneitalianapallavolo Bruno #Cattaneo e della @fivbvolleyball Ary #Graça, @danieledlupo e @marta_menegatti! 😄🏐 . . #RomaBeachFinals #BeachWorldTour #beachvolleyball @ilforoitalico
388 Likes, 3 Comments - CONI (@conisocial) on Instagram: "Al Foro Italico si gioca un match di #beachvolley molto particolare con il Presidente..."
Italians Olympic silver medalists from Rio Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo joined Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth and a number of athletes who attended the press conference to mark the announcement.
Rome will also host this year’s World Tour Finals, which will take place between 4-8 September.
Social media: Respectful break-up
Following on from Alison and Andre’s decision to split, we were warmed by the way the two went about their business, with both players trading complements about each other.
Quero agradecer ao André pelo convívio, pelo comprometimento e pela parceria ao longo desses dez meses. Tínhamos um sonho e seguimos o plano. Não faltaram dedicação, trabalho duro e vontade... Mas as coisas não aconteceram como gostaríamos, os resultados não vieram e isso é do esporte. Apesar de ser um menino novo, são quase dez anos de diferença entre a gente, aprendi muito, houve muita troca entre a gente, e passei a ver o vôlei de praia com um jeito diferente, me adaptando à essa nova geração. Fico triste por não termos alcançado os objetivos. Desejo tudo de bom para ele, que ele tenha boa sorte em seu caminho, que possa realizar seus sonhos, pois é uma pessoa do bem. Tenho um carinho enorme pela família e ele sabe que pode contar comigo sempre. Vai a dupla, ficam a amizade e o respeito.
4,153 Likes, 144 Comments - @alisonmamute on Instagram: "Quero agradecer ao André pelo convívio, pelo comprometimento e pela parceria ao longo desses dez..."
In the Instagram post, the Mammoth says: “I want to thank André for living together, for his commitment and for his partnership over these ten months. We had a dream and we followed the plan. They did not lack dedication, hard work and will ... But things did not happen as we would like, the results did not come and this is the sport. Despite being a young boy, it's almost ten years of difference between us, I learned a lot, there was a lot of change between us, and I started to see beach volleyball in a different way, adapting to this new generation. I'm sad that we did not reach the goals. I wish him all the best, that he has good luck on his way, that he can fulfill his dreams, for he is a good person. I have a great affection for the family and he knows that he can count on me always. Go the pair, stay the friendship and the respect.”
Nice one, Alison.