29.05.2020 - Vienna, Austria
Welcome to the final edition of Beach Shorts in the month May! Unlike most of our most recent columns, this one is overflown with positive beach volleyball news. After a long and unexpected break due to the coronavirus pandemic, it seems we finally start to see the light at the end of tunnel with the sport slowly getting back to motion.
In this week’s edition you’ll find information about the Czech National Tour, which starts as early as this weekend, the Slovenian Tour, which has already two events scheduled, and the way the FIVB is providing financial help to athletes who were affected by the suspension of play.
Take a few minutes and appreciate the positive news for a change.
Czech Tour starting this weekend
The promoters of the Czech Tour acted quickly and will be the first in Europe to start their post-pandemic season with a women’s event this weekend that will feature the country’s top teams of Marketa Slukova/Barbora Hermannova and Michala Kvapilova/Michaela Kubickova in Litoměřice. Four events which will happen in consecutive weekends until the end of June will complete the tour's calendar.
Slovenian event confirmed in June
Slovenia is set to follow the Czech path as the country’s national federation has announced the first event of its season is confirmed to happen from June 12-14 in Preddvor. The Slovenian National Championships have also been announced and they will take place in Kranj from July 23—25.
FIVB announces Athletes’ Relief Support Fund
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has announced the creation of a Athletes’ Relief Support Fund. The initiative aims to provide short-term assistance to professional volleyball and beach volleyball players who have been affected financially by the global coronavirus pandemic.
‼️ATHLETE RELIEF SUPPORT FUND ‼️ The FIVB and the FIVB athlete commission launches a fund for all the professionals out there in Beachvolleyball and Volleyball that are in need of support to cover their basic needs! More information you can find on fivb.com 🙌 #FIVBAthletesRelief #BeachVolleyball #Volleyball @volleyballworld @beachvolleyballworld
Social media: The Lion King’s newest trickery
As beach volleyball players slowly get back into training mode, some of them are using the time ahead of them with no international tournaments to develop new techniques and plays to surprise their opponents when competition resumes. The Lion King Aleksandrs Samoilovs and his younger brother Mihails developed a really nice one, didn’t they?
Tag your friend and try this trick 👌🏼 Legal or not? 🤔 Taking fake moves in beachvolley to the next level 😜 Try it and tag me in your videos and I will repost best of them #samoilovschallenge #beach #beachvolleyball #beachvibes #latvia🇱🇻 #riga #sports #motivation 📷 @anastasija.kravcenoka
See you next week!