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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

03.04.2020 - Vienna, Austria

The week in the sands of the world

Hello, beach volleyball fans! The sports world remains on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic but some significant beach volleyball news were announced this week including the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics.

The FIVB confirmed more changes to the World Tour calendar, while the American collegiate system, the NCAA, made adjustments on its system to allow student-athletes to play for a longer period when activities resume.

Olympics to be held in the summer

A few days after confirming the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to next year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the new dates of the event. The Games will take place next summer, from July 23 to August 8. Adjustments in the qualification system for beach volleyball are still being discussed and could be confirmed in the next few weeks.

World Tour remains on hold in June

The FIVB continues adjusting to the new developments of the pandemic, which resulted in the suspension of all World Tour events scheduled to the month of June. The five-star event in Rome and the four-star tournament in Moscow were both cancelled while one-star events in Brazil, Greece and Indonesia have all been postponed.

NCAA extends eligibility for student-athletes

The American collegiate sports system, the NCAA, granted an additional year of eligibility to student-athletes of sports who had their seasons ended due to the coronavirus pandemic. That means these students will be eligible for another season of playing for their colleges after they graduate. Latvian star Tina Graudina, who plays for USC, is the most relevant World Tour player who’s currently part of the American collegiate system.

Social Media: Time for competition in Spain!

If you’re craving for some competition, the Spanish Beach Volleyball Tour has something for you. But don’t worry, you won’t have to leave the safety of your home. The Tour is promoting a virtual competition between the top Spanish beach volleyball teams, in which the winners are determined by voting. Go to their Instagram page and check it out!

 

See you next week!