Friday, 25 April 2014

Paf Open | Men
17/08/2010 - 22/08/2010

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Finns & Swedes Combine for PAF Open

It is rare for a SWATCH FIVB World Tour stop to have the support from two federations, but the 2010 PAF Open on the Isle of Åland at Mariehamn will have the support of both the Finnish and Swedish Volleyball Federations. Scheduled for August 16-23, the 2010 edition of the PAF Open marks the third annual event on the archipelago in the Baltic Sea. Åland is situated at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia and forms an autonomous Swedish-speaking administrative province, region and historical province of Finland. It is the second time that two national federations have joined forces to stage a SWATCH FIVB World Tour event as the aim of the PAF Open is to contribute to the development of Beach Volleyball in Finland and Sweden as both Volleyball associations see Åland as the perfect spot to host the world’s best men’s and women’s players. With about 25,000 permanent residents, Åland attracts more than two-million visitors each year. According to Simon Dahl, a two-time Swedish Beach Volleyball Olympian and the PAF Open tournament director, “Åland is the perfect spot in so many ways. The greatest advantages will be that Åland has the most sunshine hours in the entire Nordic region.” Dahl, who competed for eight seasons on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour with appearances with Björn Berg in the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, calls the PAF Open “the biggest thing to happen in Beach Volleyball at our latitude. During my years on the World Tour, I’ve seen with my own eyes the importance for the development of the sport to have a World Tour event on your home ground.” By investing in the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, PAF has worked with the Finnish and Swedish Volleyball Federation “to create a world-class event in an Olympic sport that benefits the tourist business and also the development of the sport on Åland and in the Nordic countries,” said Dahl. After staging the inaugural PAF Open in 2007, the 2008 event was not held due to the August competition schedule for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The PAF Open returned to the SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar this past August in Mariehamn. Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca of Brazil have captured both PAF Open women’s titles by defeating teams from China and the United States in the finals. Brazilians Harley Marques and Pedro Salgado won the first men’s PAF Open gold medal in 2007 with Dutchmen Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil topping the podium in 2009. With German men’s pairs losing both Åland finals, the 2009 finale was a “classic” as Nummerdor and Schuil upset reigning world champions Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann 21-23, 21-15 and 15-11 in the 69-minute gold medal match.  Pictured to the left below are 2009 Aland men winners Richard Schukl (left) and Reinder Nummerdor (right) of The Netherlands with promoter Simon Dahl

PAST FINNISH MEN’S PODIUM PLACEMENTS

Medals - Germany 3, Austria 1, Brazil 1, Netherlands 1

Site

Year

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

Åland

2007

Harley Marques/Pedro Salgado, BRA

Jonas Reckermann/Mischa Urbatzka, GER

Florian Gosch/Alexander Horst, AUT

Åland

2009

Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil, NED

Julius Brink/Reckermann, GER

David Klemperer/Eric Koreng, GER