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

Golden reunion for McHugh and Schumann

23.02.2020 - Vienna, Austria

The Aussies won their second gold in as many weeks after two years separated

They spent nearly two years separated, but it seemed almost as if they’ve always been together when they won the Asian Championship last weekend in Thailand. If any questions about how good they are as a team were still up in the air, Australians Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann certainly answered them with a  strong campaign to win the World Tour two-star event in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The Aussies, who were forced to split shortly after their victory at the 2018 Commonwealth Games due to a decision of the Australian Federation, topped the podium in the Cambodian tournament with a 21-16, 30-28 win over Austrians Alexander Huber and Christopher Dressler.

The gold medal won in Phnom Penh was the second for the Aussies, who had first won in their home sand of Shepparton in 2017, and the third for the 30-year-old McHugh and the 32-year-old Schumann, who also have a silver at the same Australian city in 2018.

German qualifiers Lukas Pfretzschner and Robin Sowa claimed bronze following a 21-18, 17-21, 24-22 triumph over Austrians Laurenz Leitner and Florian Schnetzer.

After a one-week break following the tournament in Cambodia the World Tour will resume with a pair of simultaneous events as the men are scheduled to play a three-star tournament in Bandar Abbas, Iran, from March 3-7, while the women will compete in one-star in Guam from March 5-8.