U-21 World Championships
fifth edition of the FIVB’s World Championships for players under 21 years old
will be played outside of Europe for the first-time as the city made famous by
its beautiful Beach Volleyball settings hosts the “next generation” of
SWATCH-FIVB World Tour players.
cooperation of the Brazilian Volleyball Federation, the SWATCH-FIVB U-21 World
Championships will be held September 6-11 with 40 of the best junior teams of
each gender from all five continents competing for the world title, including 24
tandems in each Main Draw.
The first four SWATCH-FIVB U-21 World Championships were held in France at
Le Lavandou (2001) and
Portrieux (2003), Catania,
(2002) and Porto Santo, Portugal (2004). Brazil has won three of the four
women’s title (2001, 2002 and 2004) with five overall medals. Russia claimed
the other gold medal in 2003 as that country also had a silver medal in 2001.
Other countries that have medalled are the Czech Republic (two bronzes), France
(one silver), Germany (one silver), and Switzerland (one silver).
is immense interest in the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB U-21 World Championships, because
this competition is a sort of universal training ground at the highest level for
all the young men and women who bolster the ever-increasing popularity and image
of Beach Volleyball. I wish all of these athletes an unforgettable experience
on the sand of Brazil," said Dr Rubén Acosta, the FIVB President.
organising this great competition on another continent, specifically in Brazil,
a nation where there is a very strong Beach Volleyball tradition, the FIVB
programme for young players is taking another step forward this year", stated
Angelo Squeo, Beach Volleyball Director at the FIVB's headquarters in Lausanne.
Two past women's SWATCH-FIVB U-21
Champions from Brazil have claimed titles on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.
Juliana Felisberta Silva, the 2002 U-21 world champion, won her first event on
the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour in 2004 at Mallorca with Larissa Franca.
Shaylyn Bede, the younger sister of two-time SWATCH-FIVB World Champion Shelda,
captured the 2001 U-21 title before winning for the first-time on the SWATCH-FIVB
World Tour in 2005 with Beach Volleyball Olympian Ana Paula Connelly at Osaka,
Japan where they defeated Juliana and Larissa in the finals.
Salgado (left) and Maria Salgado Rufino of Brazil
PAST U-21 WOMEN’S “FINAL