Agadir, Morocco, June 11, 2012 – After a successful debut in 20122, the 13th and final men’s event on the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour arrives on the shores of Morocco for the second time for the $190,000 Agadir Open, to be held on October 2-7.
The $190,000 Agadir Open will be the last of three men’s only events on the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour this year as well as being the last event for the men’s season. The first men’s only event was in April in Myslowice, Poland and the second men’s only event of 2012 was in May in Prague, Czech Republic.
The 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour is offering a total purse of $6.32 million in prize money and features 13 events for each gender, including the 2012 London Olympic Games. There are six single-gender events, three for each gender. The international beach volleyball circuit is visiting 16 sites in 15 countries including four of the five FIVB Confederations.
Last year at Rue de la Plage, Corniche, Agadir, Morocco, Dutch duo Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil won their first event in 2011 and their seventh career gold medal together in an all European final, defeating Germans Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann in three hard-fought sets, 21-18, 21-13 and 15-12. The victory kept Europe’s streak of eight straight seasons with at least one men’s team winning on the FIVB SWATCH World Tour, dating back to 2004.
Prior to last year the north-African country had only ever welcomed FIVB beach volleyball action on three previous occasions, with FIVB challenger events being held in the country in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and is only the second country on the continent to stage a world tour event following tournaments in Cape Town and Durban, South Africa.
A bustling tourist city, Agadir sits on the coast and is a regular destination for European holiday makers. Famous for its sea food it has a population of over 200,000 and is close to the foot of the Atlas Mountains.
Last year was also the seventh time in 2011 that four different countries competed in the men’s semifinals matching the 2010 season and just behind 2008 when it happened eight times in 21 events. Brazil’s Rhooney Ferramenta won his first world tour medal here last year. He and his partner Pedro Solberg beat USA’s Matt Fuerbringer/Nick Lucena in the bronze medal match in two sets. Under the watchful eye of French referee Marc Berard, who whistled his thousandth match, the audience on the fully packed centre court enjoyed an excellent gold medal match with thrilling rallies.
Officially crowning the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour champion, the internationally-televised men’s medal matches from the Agadir Open will be held on October 7.