Beijing GRAND SLAM | 1 - 6 October 2013
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 9, 2013 – While China has hosted over 40 events, Beijing will host a men and women’s 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event for the fourth time as the 2008 Olympic Stadium plays host to the world's top beach volleyball players for the US$440,000 FIVB Beijing Grand Slam to be held October 2-6. Number nine of a FIVB-record 10 double-gender grand slams on the 2013 FIVB World Tour schedule, it will also mark the 17th time that China has hosted a men’s and 26th time China has hosted a women’s FIVB international beach volleyball event.
Continuing to develop one of the strongest beach volleyball programs in the world China returns to the 2013 FIVB international calendar by hosting four FIVB international events, more than any other nation. China is hosting two FIVB Open events as well as two double-gender Grand Slams on the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. Prior to the Beijing event, an Open event was held in Fuzhou (April 23-28) and a Grand Slam was held in Shanghai (April 30-May 5) and following the Beijing tournament will be a single-gender women’s Open event in Xiamen (Oct. 23-27).
This year’s FIVB World Tour Grand Slams is using a pool format. Beijing will begin with a one-day qualification tournament to determine the final eight spots in each gender’s 32-team main draw tournaments followed by round-robin pool play where pools of four will play three matches each with a single-elimination bracket for the final 24 teams (the top three from each pool) concluding with the medal matches for both genders on Sunday, Oct. 6. The gold medal teams in each gender in the FIVB Berlin Grand Slam will each split $33,000, the silver $22,000, the bronze $16,500 and fourth place $12,900.
In the first 16 men’s FIVB International tournaments in China, nine in Shanghai and three in Beijing, two in Sanya and one each in Fuzhou and Lianyungang, Brazil has won seven gold medals, the United States has won five gold medals, Netherlands has captured two while Germany and Spain have each won one title. In the first 25 FIVB International tournaments in China for women, with 10 in Shanghai, five in Sanya, three each in Beijing and Dalian, two in Maoming and one each in Fuzhou and Lianyungang, Brazil has won 10 gold medals followed by the United States with seven, host nation China with five gold medals and Netherlands has won twice and Switzerland earned the other China gold medal.
Among active men’s teams, winningest team in FIVB history in events in China has been Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil of the Netherlands. The Dutch duo won the gold medal in Sanya in 2009 and in Beijing last year. Adding to the strength of the men’s field in Beijing this year is the fact that the entire podium is expected to return to China. Besides Nummerdor/Schuil, Italy’s Paolo Nicolai/Daniel Lupo earned the silver medal in Beijing last year while capturing the bronze medal was Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego. Alison/Emanuel won the gold medal in Beijing in 2011.
The winningest women’s team in FIVB history in Chinese events has been China’s two-time Olympians Chen Xue/Xi Zhang with four gold medals in China as well as one silver medal and three bronze medals. Xue/Zhang opened the 2013 FIVB season by winning the Fuzhou Open.
The men’s 2012 gold medal team is expected back in Beijing this year in Nummerdor/Schuil of Netherlands. Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca won last year’s women’s gold medal in Beijing and with Franca now retired from the sport, Juliana is expected to return but who her teammate will be is still to be determined.
The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is comprised of 10 Grand Slam events and the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Not part of the World Tour but still counting towards the FIVB World Rankings, the FIVB yearly calendar also includes eight Open events throughout the world to help open the door for development of the sport.
Overall in the FIVB men’s medal race in China, Brazil leads with 22 total medals, followed by the United States with seven, Germany with six, Switzerland three, Italy and Netherlands two each and with one each are Argentina and Austria,. In the FIVB women’s overall medal race in China, Brazil also leads with 25 total medals, followed by the United States with 19, host country China with 14, Australia and Germany with four medals each, Netherlands with three, Austria with two and with one each are Italy, Norway, Spain and Switzerland.
Beijing is China's largest city and is situated on the North coast of the country. It is recognized as the political, educational and cultural center of China and few cities in the world besides Beijing have served as the hub of an area the size of China for so long. The beach volleyball tournament will take place at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball, the same venue that played host to the Olympics five years ago.
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