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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

15.05.2020 - Vienna, Austria

The week in the sands of the world

Hello, beach volleyball fans! We’re back for another edition of Beach Shorts, your weekly column that’s always ready to update you on beach volleyball matters during these difficult times.

The answers every beach volleyball player in the planet have been waiting for the last two months finally came as the FIVB has announced adjustments to the Olympic qualification system to the Tokyo Games due to their postponement.

The week also had positive news coming from Europe, when tournaments being scheduled for August and players from some countries being able to resume their training. In Brazil, however, the national tour season had ended prematurely.

Know more about these topics below:

Olympic Qualification process updated

The FIVB has announced some adjustments were made in the qualification process to the Tokyo Olympics due to the postponement of the Games to 2021 and the cancellation of all tournaments supposed to happen this summer. The system itself remains the same (find all the information here), but the deadlines have been extended to June 13, 2021, for the Olympic ranking, and June 27, 2021, for the Continental Cups.

European Confederation plans return for August

The European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) has released plans to host some World Tour one and two-star events in the continent by the end of the summer, starting at the end of August. The list includes women-only two-star tournaments in Klaipeda, Lithuania, which has been scheduled to happen from August 27-30, and in Larnaka, Cyprus, which could take place at some point in September.

Brazilian Tour season ended

The Brazilian Volleyball Federation has decided to end the 2019-2020 season of the Brazilian Tour, which still had two events to be played when play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. These events will be added to the 2020-2021 season, which will have ten tournaments and is expected to start in September. The teams of André Loyola/George Wanderley and Ana Patrícia Ramos/Rebecca Cavalcanti were declared the winners of the season.

Social Media: Europeans keep returning to the sand

Beach volleyball players from a few more European nations have been able to return to their training centers as several nations have lifted social distancing restrictions due to the controlling of the coronavirus pandemic in the continent. Athletes from Switzerland, the Netherlands and Poland were some of those who could feel the sand between their toes this week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unsere Beachvolleyball-Stars und die Trainer dürfen wieder in den Sand😍Und ihre Freude darüber ist sichtlich gross...😁👍💪👉 Für den Leistungssport gelten übrigens zusätzliche Lockerungen, was die Gruppengrösse und die Distanzregel anbelangt☝️ 😎🏐💪😎🏐💪😎🏐💪😎🏐💪😎🏐💪😎🏐💪😎🏐💪 Nos stars du beach volley et leurs entraîneurs sont autorisés à retourner sur le sable 😍 Et leur joie est visiblement grande...😁👍💪👉 Au fait, pour les sports de compétition, il y a des assouplissements supplémentaires concernant la taille des groupes et les règles de distance ☝️ #swissvolley #beachvolley #trainingsstart #äntlechwiederimsand #leistungssport

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See you next week!