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

2019-09-22 15:24:00 CEST

Latvia and Spain secure Olympic spots

Graudina/Kravcenoka and Liliana/Elsa prevailed in the Qualification Tournament in China

Latvians and Spanish celebrate their qualification in China (Photocredit: FIVB)Latvians and Spanish celebrate their qualification in China (Photocredit: FIVB)

Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka had warned us – winning the European Championships last month was just the beginning. The Latvians were true to their words and, alongside Spanish Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo, secured an early Olympic berth to the Tokyo 2020 Games at the Qualification Tournament in Haiyang, China.

The 21-year-old Graudina and the 22-year-old Kravcenoka had to bring their best game in the deciding match of the event as they were down 12-7 to Czech starts Marketa Sluková and Barbora Hermannová in the third set, but still figured out a way to turn things around and win 21-17, 15-21, 17-15.

Now, just a month after winning the continental title in Moscow, the rising stars are set to become the first Latvian women to play in a beach volleyball Olympic tournament in ten months at the Japanese capital.

“Winning the European championships was special and unexpected,” Graudina said. “But this win today ranks as a great achievement as we become the first women's team from our country to qualify for the beach volleyball competition at the Olympics. I am so proud of Anastasija as her serving got us back to even in the third set.  And yes, like the European championships, this win was also unexpected.”


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Qualifying also meant a lot to Liliana and Elsa, the longest-lasting women’s partnership in international volleyball currently. The veterans, who took ninth at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games and have played in 120 international events together, are set to an Olympic return after their come-from-behind 18-21, 21-17, 15-10 triumph over Germany’s Chantal Laboureur and Sandra Ittlinger.

Liliana, who returned to the sport in 2018 after giving birth to her first son, Saul, celebrated the early qualification.

“There were a lot of matches to play again very tough teams,” she reflected. “We were ranked among the best on the provisional list for Tokyo but securing the berth to next summer's Olympics is great.  What a relief and we can relax now for a few months before getting ready for Tokyo.”

Besides of the Latvians and the Spanish, are also guaranteed at the Tokyo 2020 Games Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melisssa Humana-Paredes, who won this year’s World Championships, and host country Japan, which is yet to nominate its team.

Liliana and Elsa are set to make their third-straight Olympic appearance together (Photocredit: FIVB)Liliana and Elsa are set to make their third-straight Olympic appearance together (Photocredit: FIVB)

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