– The “fourth-time was a charm” as the
FIVB and promoter MCO finally
secured a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour stop for Paris.
The event will be held at the ‘Champ de Mars’ in a stadium of nearly 6,000
the promoter for the past 11 seasons of a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event in
Marseille, has moved France’s Beach Volleyball stop to Paris where international
events are organized and staged every year in the Ile-de-France Region.
Equipped with modern, efficient sports infrastructures meeting the requirements
of International Federations, Paris has gradually built up recognized know-how
in the field of organization. This experience is an important strength in view
of the wide range of Olympic and Paralympic events as Paris bids with London,
Madrid, Moscow and New York for the 2012 Olympic Games. This success is due to
the passion of French people for sport, the great potential for the mobilization
of volunteers around the sports movement and the availability of qualified
professionals. Over the last ten years, Paris has successfully hosted the 2003
European Youth Olympic Festival, 2003 IAAF Track and Field World Championships,
the FIBA European Nations Basketball Championships, the Tour de France that
concludes every year on the Champs-Elysées, the 1998 FIFA Soccer World Cup, the
2000 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the 2001 IHF World
Handball Championships, the IJF World Judo Championships, tennis’ French Open
every year in since 1928, at Roland Garros stadium, and the 2003 ITTF World
Table Tennis Championships.
– After competing the last 11 seasons in Marseille, the men’s SWATCH-FIVB World
Tour moves north to play in Paris, which is bidding against London, Madrid,
Moscow and New York for the 2012 Olympic Games. Marseille has hosted more men’s
FIVB events than any other European city and ranks only behind Rio de Janeiro
of Norway won the first Marseille event when they defeated
of France in the finals. South American tandems won the next 10, including nine
by teams from Brazil. Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina (2001)
broke the Brazilian streak. Marseille gold medallists from Brazil were
Marco de Melo (1995),
(1999 FIVB World Championships),
Insfran (2004). Pic (left to right): 2004
Marseille gold medallists - Benjamin, Wacholder, Walsh and Marcio Araujo.
– For the first time, a city
in France other than Marseille will host an “open” women’s SWATCH-FIVB World
Tour event. A finalist for the host site of the 2012 Olympics, Paris will stage
an international beach volleyball event for the first time. Marseille hosted
the women the last eight seasons, including the 1999 FIVB World Championships
where Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede captured the title. After women’s teams
from Brazil (Adriana/Shelda, 1997 and 1999, and Sandra Pires/Adriana Samuel,
1998), five different tandems from the United States captured the Marseille gold
Johnson Jordan, 2000, Barbara Fontana/Elaine
Youngs, 2001, Holly McPeak/Youngs, 2002, Misty May/Kerri Walsh, 2003
Wacholder, 2004). Ethel-Julie Arjona and Virginie Kadjo posted
ninths (2003 and 2004) for the best finishes by a French team in Marseille.
France has also hosted three FIVB challenge events the past two seasons in
Lavandou and Porticcio.