2019-06-21 12:30:00 CEST

Beach Shorts

The week in the sands of the world

Emily Stockman and partner Kelley Larsen will compete this weekend at the American AVPEmily Stockman and partner Kelley Larsen will compete this weekend at the American AVP

Okay, I get it. You cannot wait for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Hamburg 2019 presented by comdirect and ALDI Nord, right? Neither can we! Good news is it’s just one week away now!

That means it’s time for your final arrangements. If you’re going to Hamburg, you’d better start packing. If not, maybe you want to ask for a few days off at work so you can follow all the action at BeachStream.

Our players are also in the final steps of preparation for the moment they’ve been waiting for the last two years. Most of them are getting a well-deserved weekend off to make sure they’ll get to Hamburg well-rested, but others decided to get some competition to fine tune their games. Want to follow them? We got you covered!

National Tours in the USA and Switzerland

The American AVP is set to host its fourth event in 2019 in Seattle and four of the nines team of the country with tickets booked to Hamburg next week will play: Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb, Billy Allen/Stafford Slick, Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil and Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman. Across the Atlantic, in Switzerland, Olten will stage the second national tournament of the year and the home teams of Joana Heidrich/Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson will play, as well as the invited international teams of Australia’s Becchara Palmer/Nicole Laird and Qatar’s Cherif Samba/Ahmed Tijan.

Qataris Cherif and Ahmed will fine tune their preparation to Hamburg in the Swiss TourQataris Cherif and Ahmed will fine tune their preparation to Hamburg in the Swiss Tour

Continental Cup across Europe

Olympic qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Games continues at full pace in Europe with three pools in each gender completing the first phase of the process. Among the teams competing will be Belgians Dries Koekelkeren and Tom van Walle, who will represent their country in Batumi, Georgia, before they fly to Hamburg for the World Championships.

Koekelkeren and van Walle will try to help Belgium to progress on the road to TokyoKoekelkeren and van Walle will try to help Belgium to progress on the road to Tokyo

Under-21 World Championships in Thailand

Also keep an eye on the Under-21 World Championships which are taking place in Udonthani City, Thailand. Several of the players competing in Asia this week could be headed for the senior World Championships in just a few years. Among the most promising names are Russia’s Mariia Bocharova and Maria Voronina, Brazil’s Victoria Lopes and Sweden’s David Ahman and Jonatan Hellvig. There are also players with familiar surnames, such as Italy’s Reka Orsi Toth and Switzerland’s Mara Betschart.

Russians Bocharova and Voronina are among the favorites to take gold in ThailandRussians Bocharova and Voronina are among the favorites to take gold in Thailand

Social Media: Welcome, Viktore!

A little break on World Championships-related topics for good reason. Former Czech defender Kristyna Kolocová introduced us to her baby boy Viktore, who was born not long ago. Welcome, Viktore, and congrats, Kristyna!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tak už máme ten náš poklad doma ❤️ V @porodniceapolinar bylo o Viktůrka i o mě skvěle postaráno, moc všem děkuju. A teď to “oblíbené” šestinedělí ;) Jsem zvědavá, co nás čeká...#babyboy #naselaska #miminko #doma #maminka #rodina #family #homesweethome @malvik.cz

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See you next week…in Hamburg!

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