Vizag opens new frontier for beach volleyball
The Continental Cup helped grow beach volleyball in India that is now ready to organise its first FIVB event
Vizag, India, July 29, 2013 – A new frontier for international beach volleyball will be established when Vizakapatnam in India hosts the Vizag Open.
The Vizag Open will be the third of five double-gender Open events in 2013 when it takes place later in the year. The exact dates are still to be confirmed.
Vizakapatnam commonly has its name abbreviated to Vizag and is located on India’s south-west coastline, 1,700 kilometres from India’s capital Delhi. It is a city of 2million people and enjoys an average temperature in September of between 25-33° Celsius.
As part of a new development strategy focused on the new Olympic cycle, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Council decided that FIVB Beach Volleyball Opens would no longer be part of the World Tour in 2013, putting in place an intermediate property that provides more opportunities for athletes worldwide to play.
With a total of seven FIVB Beach Volleyball Opens on the 2013 calendar comprised of five double-gender and two women-only tournaments, there are numerous possibilities for athletes to compete in high quality, international competition. Over the course of the year more Open events could be added to the schedule, ensuring that all five Confederations will host an FIVB event in 2013.
With a guaranteed purse of US$75,000 per gender, the bonus pool will push the total purse for the event to nearly $120,000 per gender.
The 2013 FIVB World Ranking system will include Beach Volleyball events at inter-continental, continental and national levels. In another significant change, the format of all the tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Grand Slam or a FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – will be the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination rounds.
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