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Social media: Players send love to the world

18.03.2020 - Vienna, Austria

The lives of everyone in the world have been affected by the current situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Cities are in lockdown, people are quarantined at their homes and most of the trivial activities one would usually perform in a normal day are not recommended or simply impossible.

Beach volleyball players are no exception to the rule as they just saw a significant portion of their international season being indefinitely postponed and have also to deal with a massive level of uncertainty in what was supposed to be a huge year for the sport with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

However, as we all knew from watching their play around the world year after year, beach volleyball players are resilient and wise creatures. As they deal with a life full of restrictions and try to stay fit for whenever they’re allowed to get back in the courts, some players still had the time and the sensibility to spread messages of love and positivity to those who follow them on social media.

Austrian star Clemens Doppler was one of the first. The veteran, who volunteered to help people who are part of the risk group in Vienna by bringing them groceries or medicines home, is hopeful something positive can be created after this unfortunate situation.

The unexpected and unprecedented situation also hit hard on Dutch Madelein Meppelink. The blocker was extremely genuine to voice her struggle to deal with the current scenario, but also shared her feeling that it will make all of our stronger in the end.


Till the end of april all tournaments are cancelled.. ❌ Tough call to make but it is good that we priorities the health and well being of everybody in the 🌍 above anything else. We are in this together. A couple weeks ago I could have never imagined we would get to this point. Our government just decided to close cafes, restaurants, sport clubs till the 6th of April. For us this means no gym and no training facilities in the next three weeks. Time to get creative with our team and think of ways to have good practices at home and keep our fitness level as high as possible. I am a ‘bit’ of a control freak normally (I guess my team would say a ‘lot.’ 😬🙈) So having no control over all the things happening around us regarding the coronavirus is a tough one to handle. But in our job as an athlete we challenge ourselves on a daily basis, push ourselves out of our comfort zone. Well this is far, far out of my comfort zone. But I know I will learn new things in the next three weeks that will help me later on. So bring on this challenge and let me know when you have creative and fun work-outs to do at home 🏋️‍♀️🏡 #coronavirus #covid_19 #teamevi #keizermeppelink #beachvolleyball #netherlands

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Canadian Sam Pedlow decided to use his backyard and some barbells to maintain his fitness until it’s safe for him to leave the house again. Known in the tour as a gym rat, he was kind enough to develop a work out challenge that can be followed by virtually everyone, which he’s updating daily on his Instagram account.


With 14 days of self isolation it’s time to break out the back yard work outs so I can be ready when the time comes to compete again. I challenge all of you to post your home work outs! Tag me in them over the next 14 days, I will post them to my stories, tag you in my workouts so you can follow along and enter you in a draw for some TBD Prizes (don’t worry I will make it worth your while)! . @ova_updates @volleyballworld @beachvolleyballworld @teamcanada @volleyballsource @volleyballcanada @usanainc . . . #beachvolleyball #voleibol #pallavollo #voleidepraia #beachvolley #bolavoli #fivb #teamcanada #sponsoredathlete #volleyballcanada #summersports #tokyo2020 #olympics #athletelife #inspiration_gallry #canadafit #fitfamcanada #majorseries #avpstrong #getbettereveryday #torontofitness #torontofitfam #torontofit #torontogym #canadiantraveler #motivation💪 #motivation101

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Austrian twins Nadine and Teresa Strauss chose to use the unwanted free time on their hands to focus on hobbies that were often neglected in their busy routines. The first product of it was a delicious apple cake.

Canadian star Brandie Wilkerson, who just returned home after a training camp in Brazil, summarized the message we all should be spreading right now – Be Strong, Stay Safe.


When the world calls a timeout ... • While this standstill has come at a cost to our personal, professional, and social lives it is a mere price to pay for the health of our humanity. Still, we are all affected. Everyday will be a fight to stay patient, mindful, and optimistic of the actions and sacrifices necessary to inch our way back to a great 2020 - because that time will come ✨ • Heather and I have safely arrived to Toronto 🇨🇦 and we are incredibly grateful for the time we did have in Rio 💚 Thank you to all of those that have expressed concern and sent love our way 🙏🏽 We’ll be sure to share any season updates! 🏐 until then, be safe and take care of yourselves ! #goplayinside

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