24.04.2020 - Vienna, Austria
Welcome back to another edition of Beach Shorts, beach volleyball fans. After a week of no significant developments, the last few days were flooded with important news regarding our sport and we’re here to keep you up-to-date with them.
As you might imagine, most of the news unfortunately revolve around tournaments being cancelled or postponed and this time the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic affected the sport from the global to the national level.
Here are our updates:
World Championships pushed to 2022
The FIVB and the Italian organizers of the next edition of the World Championships decided to postpone the tournament, which was supposed to happen in Rome during the summer of 2021, to the same period in 2022. The decision intends to avoid a conflict with the new dates of the Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed from 2020 to 2021 a few weeks ago.
AVP postpones its season-opening event
The AVP has announced the decision of postponing the first event of its 2020 season, which was expected to happen in New York in June. The state is the most affected in the United States and would not issue the permits needed for the event to be run at the scheduled date. New dates are being evaluated by the Tour and the city.
Due to the universal uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 #AVPGoldSeries // New York City Open has been postponed. The #AVP team will continue our ongoing efforts with New York City's officials in an attempt to find a safe and reasonable date to run this event. For more information about this postponement and VIP ticket refunds, head to the link in our bio or our Resources page at AVP.com/Resources.
Austrian Tour on hold
The Austrian Tour is also making adjustments as the local government has suspended major events in the country until August 31. The PRO Beach Battle is cancelled in 2020 but the Tour could still happen if the organizers can find suitable dates and formats.
Social Media: Casey turns 40
One of the most charismatic players on Tour, American veteran Casey Patterson turned 40 on Monday and his wife, Lexi, created an Instagram page to celebrate the date. Happy birthday, Casey!
See you next week!