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Beach Shorts

03.01.2020 - Vienna, Austria

The week in the sands of the world

Happy New Year, beach volleyball fans! Another exciting season is right ahead of us and because of that your weekly column Beach Shorts is back in 2020 bringing to you everything beach volleyball-related. Watch this space every Friday to keep up with all the news in what will be a fantastic Olympic year.

It’s early January, so most of the elite players are still enjoying their well-deserved vacations or just got back to practice as they prepare to one of the most important seasons of their careers, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t balls flying around the globe.

Here’s this week’s summary:

World Tour starts in Iran

Qeshm will be the first city to host a World Tour event in 2020 as the Iranian town will welcome 24 male teams for a one-star tournament from January 7-10. Eight home teams are entered in the tournament, which will also feature the legendary Norwegian Jorre Kjemperud, a 51-year-old three-time Olympian who will reappear in the World Tour for the first time since 2011.

Continental Cup moves forward in Africa

The Olympic qualification process continues at full pace and the month of January will be especially important in Africa as 13 events of the Continental Cup sub-zonal phase will take place in the region. Five of them (three for the women and two for the men) are set to happen from January 3-7 in Accra (Ghana), Massawa (Morocco) and Rabat (Eritrea).

Get well soon, Tanja!

The end of 2019 wasn’t easy for Tanja Hüberli as the Swiss star had to go through surgery because of a medium-heavy pulmonary embolism case that affected her heart rhythm. The 27-year-old Hüberli is recovering well, but still doesn’t have a timeline on her return to the courts. Get well soon, Tanja! We hope to see you around in the summer!

Social Media: Talita and Taiana are done

The start of a new season normally the end of a chapter for some beach volleyball teams and 2020 is no different as Brazilians Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima announced they're going separate ways in the upcoming year. Their second stint together lasted just one year and 12 World Tour events as their best result was a silver medal in Moscow. Their new partners should be known soon.

 

See you next week!