CEV Beach Volelyball Continental Cup 2014-2016

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#Road2Rio: Stavanger to host European Continental Cup Finals

The venue of the final stage of the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup will be set up in downtown Stavanger

Luxembourg, October 29, 2015 - The Norwegian city of Stavanger will host the final stage of the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup from June 22 to 26. The competition winners will claim a spot for their country at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The 16 teams set to contest the finals of the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup are:

Men: Czech Republic, Norway, Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Turkey (winners of Round 3 Pools A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H), plus France and Austria (first and second placed in Round 4 Pool A), Latvia and Russia (from Round 4 Pool B), Greece and Switzerland (from Round 4 Pool C), Belgium and Estonia (winners and runners-up of Round 4 Pool D).*

Women: Austria, Russia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Switzerland (winners of Round 3 Pools A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H), plus Belgium and Lithuania (first and second placed in Round 4 Pool A), Sweden and France (from Round 4 Pool B), Finland and Greece (from Round 4 Pool C), Poland and Slovakia (winners and runners-up of Round 4 Pool D).*

*The competition follows completion of the qualifying period through the FIVB Olympic Ranking and athletes/national federations who have already secured the maximum two spots for Rio will not be eligible to compete at the CEV Continental Cup Finals in Stavanger.

The city of Stavanger has hosted numerous international events, exhibitions and conferences, but also has a strong connection with beach volleyball. Stavanger played host to an FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour men’s open event for the first time in 1999 and has organised many World Tour events since. It also oranised the 2009 edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.

More recently, Stavanger hosted a double-gender FIVB Grand Slam in 2014 and a stop on the inaugural Major Series earlier this summer. Stavanger has also hosted European or World Championships in curling, women’s ice hockey, and World Cup stops in a number of other sports like speed skating, climbing, etc.

“We know that the Norwegian Volleyball Federation has a wealth of experience in delivering and organising world-class beach volleyball competitions and we are also aware of Norway’s passion for this sport, so we are confident that the organisation of this exciting Olympic qualifying event has been placed in good hands,” said CEV President Aleksandar Boricic.

Stein-Gunnar Bondevik, President of the Norwegian Volleyball Federation, said: “It is a great honour for the Norwegian Volleyball Federation to get the opportunity to organise the Continental Cup Finals. This means a lot for both the federation, our athletes and for the recognition of the sport of beach volleyball in Norway. The tournament is very attractive, for both the players and the Norwegian media and it gives our best athletes a unique chance to fight for a ticket to the Olympics in front of a home crowd. Discussions with the Norwegian Olympic Committee on how to prepare our athletes as best as possible to the final have already started!”

Sveinung Byberg, CEO of World Tour Stavanger AS, said: “It is a great honour to get this tournament. Financially, this also means very much, since the teams who win get qualified to the Olympic Games and not cash prize money. This also means much for our economy. It is important for us to get the tournament in the “correct” week. This year we had to change our plans because of the European Games, now we are back where we should be.”

Mayor Christine Sagen Helgø said: “This shows that the long-term commitment that we have had in beach volleyball in Stavanger produces results and we would not get this opportunity if we did not have a good reputation as a venue for beach volleyball. Volleyball, indoor and beach, has sold as many tickets as all other sports combined, our friends in Brazil have told us. It is going to be the number one sport at the Rio Olympics, and it is fun that the Road to Rio next year goes through Stavanger. I hope the people in Stavanger will show up in large numbers to cheer our own players all the way to Rio.”

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