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

Chinese Taipei and Poland win World Tour golds

15.03.2020 - Vienna, Austria

Nai-Han Kou/Pi Hsin Liu and Poland’s Jedrzej Brozyniak/Piotr Janiak win the tournament in Langkawi

Chinese Taipei’s Nai-Han Kou/Pi Hsin Liu and Poland’s Jedrzej Brozyniak/Piotr Janiak emerged victorious at the Beach Volleyball World Tour one-star event in Langkawi, Malaysia, which was concluded amid a series of events postponements due to the global coronavirus outbreak.

The 37-year-old Kou and the 30-year-old Liu secured their third international gold medal since July 2018 as they had also won World Tour tournaments in Ulsan, Korea, and Satun, Thailand. In the gold medal match, the Asians downed Austrian sisters Dorina and Ronja Klinger in straight sets (23-21, 21-18).

The bronze medal went to Reika Murakami and Kaho Sakaguchi, who won the all-Japanese third-place match by forfeit against compatriots Yurika Sakaguchi and Chiyo Suzuki.

In the men’s tournament, the 31-year-old Brozyniak and Janiak topped the podium for the second time as a team following their triumph in Doha last November.

The Polish dominated the all-European final against Sweden’s Alexander Annerstedt and Martin Johansson, won it in three sets (21-19, 14-21, 15-8) and gave their country its second World Tour gold medal in just three days following Grzegorz Fijakel and Michal Bryl’s victory in Doha on Friday.

The bronze medals went to Chinese Taipei’s Ya-Jen Hsieh and Chin-Ju Wang, who prevailed over Thailand’s Dunwinit Kaewsai and Prathip Sukto in two sets (21-16, 21-18).

The World Tour now faces some weeks of pause as the events in the second half of March and the entire month of April have all been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The next tournaments scheduled are a three-star in Jurmala, Latvia, and a four-star in Itapema, Brazil, from May 6-10.