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SWATCH WORLD TOUR 2011

Beijing Grand Slam | Women
  6/06/2011 - 11/06/2011

 
PRESS RELEASE
Beijing welcomes back beach volleyball after three years

The women's podium at the 2008 Olympics with Kerri Walsh and Misty May Treanor (USA, centre), Tian Jia and Jie Wang (CHN, left) and Chen Xue and Xi Zhang Xi (CHN)
     
 

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 8, 2011 – International beach volleyball returns to Beijing, China for the first time since the 2008 Olympic Games from June 6-11 as the city hosts the first FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour Grand Slam of the year.

China is a regular stop for the World Tour, with Beijing the third of four venues staging events in the country in 2011. This will be the first time in three years that the sport has returned to Chaoyang Park. The 2010 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour champions, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser of USA, were victorious at the men's Olympic tournament last time around, seeing off a stiff challenge from Brazil's Mario Araujo and Fabio Luiz in an exciting final. Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos took the bronze.

The women capped off a brilliant tournament for the United States as Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh clinched the women's gold, beating home duo Tian Jia and Jie Wang in the final, as another China pair, Chen Xue and Xu Zhang, picked up bronze. Since the 2008 Olympics, a total of five women's and four men's events have taken place in China.

The 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour has a total of 14 men's and 16 women's events across 13 countries. A definite highlight of the calendar will be the eighth edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships from June 14-26 in Rome.

This 23rd edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour also heralds the start of the World Tour Olympic qualifying process for 16 vacancies per gender, which runs from January 1 this year until June 17 next year. There will be six Grand Slams for the third year in a row offering 600,000 US dollars in prize money – in Norway, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Austria as well as the new Grand Slam in Beijing, China. Quebec in Canada will also feature on the calendar for the first time with a double gender Open event.

The 1million US dollar FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships includes a number of firsts for the biennial tournament – including being played in a capital city and featuring night matches – with the historic Parco del Foro Italico in Rome providing the venue. Meanwhile, the Chinese capital Beijing is back on the Tour calendar for the first time since the 2008 Olympic Games with a new Grand Slam event scheduled for June 6-12. Quebec will follow Montreal and Toronto as Canadian cities to host the World Tour, becoming the first since Montreal in 2007 when it stages a double-gender Open from July 18-24.

The 2011 schedule – which also includes an Olympic Games test event for women from August 9-14, replicating the Olympic formula, at London's Horse Guards Parade – will feature a total of 10 Opens of which six are double gender.

Women

Dates

Country

Event

Prize
Money

Bonus
Pool

April 18-23

Brasilia, Brazil

Open

$110’000

$80’000

April 26- May 1

Sanya, China

Open

$110’000

$80’000

May 3-8

Shanghai, China

Open

$110’000

$80’000

May 17 –22

Myslowice, Poland

Open

$110’000

$80’000

June 6-11

Beijing, China

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

June 14 – 26

Preliminary phase: 2 cities,
Italy Final phase: Rome, Italy

World Championships    

$250’000

$250’000

June 27- July 2

Stavanger, Norway

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

July 4-9

Gstaad, Switzerland

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

July 11-16

Moscow, Russia

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

July 18-24 (TBD)

Québec, Canada

Open

$110’000

$80’000

July 25-30

Stare Jablonki, Poland

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

August 1-6

Klagenfurt, Austria

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

** August 8-13

Kristiansand, Norway

Open

$110’000

$80’000

August 15-20

Aland, Finland/Sweden

Open

$110’000

$80’000

*** August 23-28

The Hague, Netherlands

Open

$110’000

$80’000

November 1-6

Phuket, Thailand

Open

$110’000

$80’000

 

$ 2’200’000

$ 1’810’000

 

 

 

 

 

Men

Dates

Country

Event

Prize
Money

Bonus
Pool

April 19-24

Brasilia, Brazil

Open

$110’000

$80’000

May 2-7

Shanghai, China

Open

$110’000

$80’000

May 17 –22

Prague, Czech Republic

Open

$110’000

$80’000

June 7-12

Beijing, China

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

June 14 – July 26

Preliminary phase: 2 cities,
Italy Final phase: Rome, Italy

World Championships

$250’000

$250’000

June 28- July 3

Stavanger, Norway

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

July 5-10

Gstaad, Switzerland

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

July 12-17

Moscow, Russia

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

July 18-24 (TBD)

Québec, Canada

Open

$110’000

$80’000

July 26-31

Stare Jablonki, Poland

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

August 2-7

Klagenfurt, Austria

Grand Slam

$160’000

$140’000

**August 9-14

Kristiansand, Norway

Open

$110’000

$80’000

August 16-21

Aland, Finland/ Sweden

Open

$110’000

$80’000

*** August 23-28

The Hague, Netherlands

Open

$110’000

$80’000

 

 

 

$ 1’980’000

$ 1’650’000

16 Women’s events / 14 Men’s events including six Grand Slams & one World Championships 
Total Prize Money: USD 4’180’000  Total Bonus Pool: USD 3’460’000

Legend
** To be confirmed
*** Competition starts the same day for men and women

  
 
More press releases
11/06/2011 Beijing Olympic champions May-Treanor/Walsh crowned at Beijing Grand Slam
10/06/2011 Giant killers Holtwick/Semmler make women’s semis at Beijing Grand Slam
10/06/2011 Injury concerns for Netherlands’ Van Iersel ahead of next week's World Championships
10/06/2011 Three American pairs make women’s top 16 at Beijing Grand Slam
8/06/2011 May-Treanor/Walsh suffer opening loss at Beijing Grand Slam
7/06/2011 Maria/Carol lead eight teams into Beijing Grand Slam women’s Main Draw
6/06/2011 Marcia Clara/Carol claim women’s qualification berth at Beijing Grand Slam
3/06/2011 Olympic champions return to Chinese capital for debutant Beijing Grand Slam
15/04/2011 Beijing confirmed as first Grand Slam of 2011
8/02/2011 Beijing welcomes back beach volleyball after three years
27/01/2011 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour calendar finalised