2019-05-24 12:00:00 CET
The week in the sands of the world
Here we are, beach volleyball fans, ready for the weekend ahead of us again. Last weekend was intense and if this one won’t probably match the same amount of beach volleyball, it will also be an important one with a World Tour four-star event going on in China and Olympic qualification at full pace in Europe.
The FIVB also announced some changes in the World Tour calendar, while the Dutch National Tour continues for another week.
Join us and know more about that and much more!
Big guns to feature on Dutch Tour
The Dutch National Tour continues for the third-straight week as the city of Utrecht hosts the third tournament of the season this weekend. This event will be the first to have the country’s top male teams, Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen and Christiaan Varenhorst/Steven van de Velde, which will both enter the tournament in the quarterfinals.
Olympic qualification continues in Europe
The continental qualification process to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics takes another step forward in European soil this weekend with London hosting one male and one female pool of Phase 1 of the Continental Cup. Among the men, teams from Switzerland, England, Armenia and Bulgaria will compete on Pool B while the women’s contest will feature France, England, Belarus and Northern Ireland. The two nations in each pool advance to Phase 2.
World Tour calendar updated
The World Tour calendar has been updated this week with some changes in the current season and the first tournaments announced for 2019-2020. For 2018-2019, the FIVB announced the inclusion of a one-star tournament in Budapest from August 8-11 and the cancellation of the event schedule for July in Ulsan, South Korea. Additionally, two events are already confirmed for next season: a one-star men’s-only tournament in Marseille, France, at the end of August, and a double-gender one-star event in Qatar in November.
Social Media: Off to Lima
The American Federation held this week a two-day qualifier for the 2019 Pan-American Games in Manhattan Beach. With each country sending just one team in each gender to compete in Lima, Peru, from July 26-August 11, American beach volleyball will be represented by Mark Burik/Ian Satterfield among the men and Karissa Cook/Jace Pardon in the women’s tournament. Congrats!
Q u a l i f i e d ! So honored to get to represent the USA in Peru for the Pan Am Games this summer! Shoutout to the awesome players in the quali who made us work for every point 🤓 Can’t wait to not jump tomorrow 🙏 #usabeach #whataweek #panamgames #donttalktomeormylegseveragain
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