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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

Beach Shorts

13.03.2020 - Vienna, Austria

The week in the sands of the world

Hello, beach volleyball fans! After slow weeks to start the year, prepare for the busiest weekend of 2020 so far with multiple events taking place around the globe. It all starts with the Doha four-star, which is not included here as we’ll have a specific article recapping it later this Friday, but it goes well beyond that.

Sticking with the World Tour, Langwaki, in Malaysia, is hosting a one-star event this weekend. Olympic qualification is also underway in Asia and Africa, with multiple stages of the Continental Cup taking place simultaneously. And last but not least, there’s also a non-official, but super fun beach volleyball challenge happening in Rio de Janeiro.

Here we go!

Champions of the sand challenge in Rio

Rio de Janeiro is a popular destination for beach volleyball teams during preseason and taking advantage of the presence of two of the best international duos there, Brazilians Ágatha Bednarczuk/Duda Lisboa and Ana Patrícia Ramos/Rebecca Cavalcanti will host the “Champions of the Sand” Challenge on Sunday, in which they will play Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Maggie Kozuch and Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth. The format includes regular tandem matches, but also a 4v4 challenge, which should be a lot of fun.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last day of practice today with these great people! 🇮🇹🙂🇩🇪 #beabeacher #beachvolley #italiateam

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Continental Cup in Asia and Africa

As the Tokyo 2020 Games approach, Olympic qualification progresses, and that’s the case this weekend with multiple events of the Continental Cup taking place. The Asian tournament is taking place in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, while in Africa, the competition is split between Entebbe, Uganda, for the women, and Banjul, Gambia, for the men.

World Tour in Malaysia

Lagwaki, in Malaysia, is part of the World Tour for the fourth time as the city is hosting a double-gender one-star event this week. A total of 52 men's and women's teams from 21 countries have entered the tournament, which ends on Sunday.

Social media: Congratulations, Billy and Kelley!

A couple of American players took advantage of the peaceful period that precedes the bulk of the international season to seal their union. Billy Kolinske and Kelley Larsen got married last weekend in California and will head to the international season with a ring on their fingers. Congrats, guys!

 

See you next week!