28.02.2020 - Vienna, Austria
Welcome back, beach volleyball fans! The last edition of your weekly column Beach Shorts returns with everything that happened in the sport over the last few days.
It’s a week off for most beach volleyball players, so they’re using it to practice, find new partners and enjoy the Brazilian Carnival. Yes, you read it right.
Enjoy Beach Shorts and have a great weekend!
USA x Italy challenge in Orlando
The weekend will start with a challenge between two of the best teams in the world as Italians Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai, who are currently training in Florida, USA, will play against local heroes Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena in an exhibition match on Friday.
World Tour has events cancelled and postponed
The coronavirus outbreak continues in Asia and it forced the FIVB to make more changes in the World Tour calendar. The double-gender four-star event expected to happen in Siming, China, from April 29-May 3 has been cancelled while the men-only three-star event that was supposed to happen in Bandar Abbas, Iran, from March 3-7, is indefinitely postponed. Last week, the postponement of the double-gender four-star tournament in Yangzhou, China, from April 22-26, was confirmed for the same reason.
Summer Ross has a new partner
After having a tough 2019 season, which saw her play in just eight World Tour events due to insistent back injuries, American Summer Ross will have a new partner in 2020. The 27-year-old blocker will join forces with 2019 Pan-American champion Karissa Cook.
Social Media: Brazilian Carnival
Carnival was celebrated this week in Brazil and, even though they were all working hard for the upcoming tournaments, beach volleyball players were still part of the party. Taiana Lima and Fernanda Berti took the costumes game to another level as they dressed according to their nicknames – the Bird Women and the Avatar, respectively.
See you next week!