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

10.04.2020 - Vienna, Austria

The week in the sands of the world

Hello, beach volleyball fans! Welcome back to another edition of Beach Shorts, where we’ll update you on everything that (not) happened in the sport over the last few days.

Unfortunately the week was marked with more cancellations and postponements as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the entire planet, but there’s some more you need to know about it and here are the latest updates:

Gstaad Major and Espinho Open cancelled

The two most important events of the World Tour calendar in July have been cancelled as both the Gstaad Major and the Espinho Open will not happen in 2020. It will be the first time since 1999 that the Swiss Alps won’t host a beach volleyball event while the Portuguese coastal city was preparing for its 17th international tournament.

Continental Cup Finals in Asia postponed

The Asian Federation confirmed the postponement of the semifinals and finals of the Continental Cup, which were supposed to happen in back-to-back weeks from June 20-28. Both events were set to be played in Wuhan, which became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in China a few weeks ago.

Kenya claims for Continental Cup replay in Africa

The Kenyan Volleyball Federation has requested the African Federation to replay the phase two of the Continental Cup. The events happened last month, when the coronavirus pandemic was starting to spread around the world, and several nations made the decision of not traveling to avoid the risk, therefore being eliminated.

Social Media: Re-watch the 2019 World Championships

The FIVB has been re-airing several matches of last year’s Beach Volleyball World Championships on its Youtube channel so you can relive the amazing atmosphere in Hamburg. Here’s one of them, which features eventual winners Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Viacheslav Krasilnikov of Russia and Americans Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb.


See you next week!