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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

08.05.2020 - Vienna, Austria

The week in the sands of the world

Welcome to another edition of Beach Shorts, the second in the month of May. Things are slowly starting to get back to normal and beach volleyball is no exception with players from a few countries in Europe being allowed to return to their training facilities, even if with several restrictions.

This week’s edition of the column comes with very special news coming from Australia, a retirement announcement in Switzerland and yet another event that included beach volleyball being postponed.

Buckle up and here we go!

Clancy the face of Olympic coins in Australia

The Australian government recently launched its collection of coins to the Tokyo Olympics and beach volleyball star Taliqua Clancy was featured in one of them. The bronze medalist of last year’s World Championships was chosen to feature the one dollar Olympic coin launched by the country and has her image carved on it.

Dunja Gerson announces her retirement

Swiss defender Dunja Gerson used the forced break to announce the end of her playing career at the age of 24. A tenacious defender, Gerson has won a World Tour event in Morocco in 2017 and has appeared in 11 Beach Major Series events – her older brother Mirco is also a professional player. Her partner Laura Caluori will now join forces with Anna Lutz.

Best of luck moving forward, Dunja!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Zeit etwas kürzer zu treten. Ich verabschiede mich vom professionellen Beachvolleyball!๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ Eine etwas andere Abschlusssaison als gedacht, aber für mich ist es die richtige Entscheidung.๐Ÿ˜ŠDanke an alle die mich auf diesem Weg begleitet haben, die Zeit war unvergesslich! Wir sehen uns hoffentlich auf der @coopbeachtour ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ Und ein spezielles Danke an @lauracaluori für die tollen 3 Saisons zusammen๐Ÿ˜˜ ———————— It‘s time for me to say goodbye to the professional beachvolleyball! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ Not the final season I tought, but it‘s still the right decision. Thanks to everyone who joined me on this way, it will be unforgettable! See you hopefully on the @coopbeachtour ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ And a special thank you to @lauracaluori for the 3 great saisons together ๐Ÿ˜˜ #thankful #goodbye #beachvolleyball #finalseason #thanks #funnytimes #goodtimes #seeyousoon #otherthingstocome

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World Beach Games 2021 postponed

The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has announced that the 2021 edition of the World Beach Games, which includes a 4x4 version of beach volleyball in the program, will be postponed to 2023. The decision was made so the event doesn’t conflict the Olympics, which were supposed to take place this summer but were moved to 2021.

Social Media: Swiss preparing to return to the sand

Beach volleyball players are expected to be allowed to return to training in the sand next week but until it happens they are still finding ways to remain active inside their houses. Star blocker Joana Heidrich and her brother Adrian found an interesting way to sharpen their skills and work on their fitness. We’re glad the paint remained in the wall.

 

See you next week!