India is looking forward to a pioneering
Beach Volleyball tournament this summer following the announcement that
the city of Chennai will host an FIVB Challenger, the first-ever
international Volleyball event in the country.
The US$30,000 men's and women's tournament (total US$60,000) will be
held in Chennai, formerly known as Madras, through July 15-20.
"It is the first international Beach Volleyball event in India," said FIVB Beach Volleyball Events Director Angelo Squeo." They have very big
potential for both Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. When we first
announced we were interested in staging an event in India many other
promoters showed their interest in the same country.
"This FIVB Challenger event is for sure a big move towards having the
first SWATCH FIVB World Tour event in India since they have decided to
organise a double-gender Challenger event from the beginning," said
The Shore Temple
south of Chennai is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Chidambaram is one of the most ancient and celebrated shrines in India
Challenger events have been a step on the ladder for countries to host a
SWATCH FIVB World Tour event, setting up the FIVB Chennai Challenger as
a potential major breakthrough event for Beach Volleyball in India.
There will be 16 teams in the qualification round and 32 teams in the
main draw of each tournament. Qualification matches will take place July
15 and main draw matches July 16-20.
The top 24 men's teams and top 16 women's
teams in the FIVB World Ranking (as per the standings 30 days before the
start of the competition) are not allowed to take part in Challenger
events, with the exception of two wild cards.
Chennai is on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal in the
southeast of India and has a population estimated at more than 7
million. It is the fourth-largest city in the country, making it one of
the biggest cities in the world.