Slowly getting back to the sand

28.04.2020 - Vienna, Austria

As some countries lift social distancing restrictions, beach volleyball players return to the training courts

The coronavirus pandemic is still out there, but some countries are starting to flatten the spreading curve and to turn the table on the virus. With that, some of the social distancing restrictions that were in place for several weeks have been lifted and, in some nations that means beach volleyball players have regained access to their training centers.

There are, of course, still significant restrictions, especially in regards to the number of people who can work together and the level of distancing they need to maintain from each other during activities, but after months of quarantine and uncertainty this small step certainly feels like a silver lining in such a dark moment.

Austrian players were among the first to benefit from the new scenario as they’ve been cleared to return to their Vienna training center this week. Veterans Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst celebrated the positive news on the sand with their coaching staff.


First training since the shutdown! Of course with distance🤙 #restart #firsttraining #dopplerhorst #corona

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Martin Ermacora and Moritz Pristauz also made their way back to the training center, but they made sure they kept a safe distance from each other at all times.

In Germany, beach volleyball players were also granted access to the national team training facilities in Hamburg, Berlin and Stuttgart. Veteran blocker Alexander Walkenhorst was one of the first to resume his training sessions in the sand.

Italian players could be among the next to return to their training routines as the country’s government has determined that professional athletes from team sports can go back to training on May 18.

It’s a baby step, but we’re moving forward!

Stay safe!