07.08.2020 - Vienna, Austria
Hello, beach volleyball fans! If you’re in Europe this weekend, there are no excuses not to watch great beach volleyball as at least eight national tours will be taking place around the continent with some of the best players on the planet in action.
Beach volleyball already has a date to restart in one of it hotbeds, as Brazil announced its schedule for the next few months. Back to Europe, the past few days brought some not great news as well, with one national tour being canceled and an important team splitting.
Find out what we’re talking about below:
National tours galore in Europe
At least seven European countries will be hosting national tour events this weekend, with competition all across the continent. Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland are the countries where events will be going on, so get ready to watch all of it. The German tournament in Düsseldorf should be particularly interesting as Dutch star Alexander Brouwer will compete with World Championship’s silver medalist Julius Thole due to an injury of Clemens Wickler.
Brazilian Tour restarts in September
The Brazilian Volleyball Federation announced its plans to start the 2020-2021 beach volleyball season in the country in September, with the women competing between 17-20 and the men from 24-27. The first and second events of the season will be played behind closed doors inside the Federation’s training center in Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, while the other three tournaments set to happen between November and December will have their locations confirmed later.
Spain national season is canceled
Spanish players had already initiated the countdown to start their national season later this month, but the country’s federation has decided to cancel its entire calendar because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the nation. The tour is set to resume in 2021.
Social Media: Stubbe and Van Iersel no more
One of the top Dutch teams competing internationally, Joy Stubbe and Marleen van Iersel will not remain together as the 23-year-old blocker has decided to step away from beach volleyball for an indefinite time. The 32-year-old Van Iersel is on the look for a new partner so she can try to qualify for her third-straight Olympics next year.
The last couple of month's were a rollercoaster of thoughts and emotions. For now I decided to take distance from Beach Volleyball. This break is a must and time will tell if I find my fire back on the court. Thanks for all the support the last couple years @tuinederland @benbhealthcare @delacooperatie @teamkpnsportfonds Dankjewel 🙏 https://www.volleybal.nl/nieuws/joy-stubbe-en-marleen-van-iersel-niet-samen-naar-tokio
See you next week!