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

Australia and China crowned Asian champions

16.02.2020 - Vienna, Austria

The teams of Chris McHugh/Damien Schumann and Fan Wang/Xinyi Xia won the continental tournament in Udon Thani

Australia and China are the first continental champions of 2020 as Aussies Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann and Chinese Fan Wang and Xinyi Xia prevailed at the Asian Championships in Udon Thani, Thailand.

Playing together for the first time since their shocking split shortley after they won the 2018 Commonwealth Games, McHugh and Schumann secured their first continental title together following a 21-17, 14-21, 15-10 win over China’s Likejiang Ha and Jiaxin Wu.

“It was great taking it to China and defeating them today in front of a great Thai crowd and our fans back home,” Schumann said. “For me personally, I’ve won a few medals over the last few years, but I’ve never been able to get the gold one. So to do it at the Asian Championships back playing with Chris feels special.”

Schumann celebrated this first Asian title while McHugh secured his fourth victory, joining Indonesia’s Koko Prasetyo Darkuncoro as the only four-time winners. The Australian blocker also won at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions with former partner Isaac Kapa.

Australia also earned the bronze medal of the event with Zachery Schubert and Max Guehrer, who defeated Kazakhstan’s Alexey Sidorenko and Alexandr Dyachenko in straight sets (25-23, 21-16).

China had an even stronger dominace in the women’s tournament as the country took both the gold and silver medals in Udon Thoni. The top of the podium was taken by Wang and Xia, who downed compatriots Shuhui Wen and Jingzhe Wang in straight sets (21-17, 21-16) at the all-Chinese final.

It was the ninth victory of a Chinese team in the tournament and the second for Xia, who also prevailed in the 2016 edition, when she paired with Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medalist Chen Xue.

Japan’s Olympic hopefuls Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishii completed the podium following a forfeit victory over fellow Japanese Sayaka Mizoe and Takemi Nishibori.

Click here to see all Asian champions.