Beach Shorts

22.05.2020 - Vienna, Austria

The week in the sands of the world

Hello, beach volleyball fans! It’s been more than two months now since tournaments and the entire world were put on hold, but that wasn't the case with Beach Shorts. Week in, week out, we’ve been brining the latest beach volleyball news to you and here's another edition coming out.

This week we had confirmation that a couple of World Tour events which had been initially postponed are now officially cancelled. In Europe, however, things seem to continue trending upwards with the Austrian national tour being on the verge of getting approval to be played and Spain joining the list of countries that allowed athletes to resume training.

Find that out and much more!

No Ostrava or Itapema in 2020

Even though the FIVB hasn’t released any new updates regarding the current World Tour season, promoters from the four-star events that were supposed to happen this month in Itapema, Brazil, and Ostrava, Czech Republic, and were officially postponed until now have confirmed neither of them will take place in 2020. Both tournaments are expected to return to the calendar in 2021.

Austrian Tour aiming return approval

In Austria, however, news could soon be positive as the organizers of the country’s national tour have progressed in their plans of somewhat running tournaments this summer. A special format for the 2020 edition of the tour was developed and is current under evaluation from the nation’s government to be implemented in the next months. Fingers crossed, you all!

Beach legends join USAV Hall of Fame

The American Volleyball Federation (USA Volleyball) has released the list of inductees to its 2020 Hall of Fame class and three beach volleyball legends deservedly made the cut. Atlanta 1996 Olympic champion Kent Steffes, Athens 2004 bronze medalist and three-time Olympian Holly McPeak and AVP star Tim Hovland were all selected to be a part of the distinguished list of athletes honored by the organization this year.

Social Media: Spanish back in the sand

Spain followed the path of other European nations and allowed athletes to return to training this week. Female stars Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo wasted no time in getting back in the sand, but they made sure they followed all medical recommendations. Stay safe!


See you next week!