03.04.2020 - Vienna, Austria
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!
. 🏆 ¡Llega la primera edición de la #CopaStoriesMBVT! Estas son las parejas participantes del primer torneo virtual @madisonbeachvolleytour . ¡Vota por tu pareja favorita a partir del jueves 2 en nuestras Stories de Instagram y llévale hasta la victoria! 💪🏼 . @federacionvoleibol @ambilamp_ @iberdrola @johnsmithsport_ . #ViveLaExperiencia #mbvt #mbvt2020 #madisonbeachvolleytour #voley #voleyplaya #voleibol #instavolley #beach #beachvolleyball #beachvolley
See you next week!