The Hague Transavia Grand Slam | 15 - 20 juillet 2014
Beach Volleyball - The Hague, the Netherlands, March 7, 2014 -The second Transavia Grand Slam Beach volleyball in the Netherlands will be played in four cities. This innovative format will also be used at the FIVB World Championship Beach volleyball 2015. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Apeldoorn and The Hague are the host cities of the Dutch Grand Slam, scheduled from July 1... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, January 22, 2014 – The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will once again be the centrepiece of the international beach volleyball calendar in 2014. ... Read full news
The Netherlands to host unique FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam
Well known for fielding strong teams in international competition for several years the Netherlands returns to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar in 2014 as host of the double-gender FIVB The Hague Grand Slam. The Hague event, to be held July 15 to 20, will be just the fifth FIVB World Tour competition held in the Netherlands with the other four double-gender events being held in The Hague in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
In 2015, the Netherlands will host the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships at multiple cities within the country but with the main venue being The Hague. This year’s FIVB The Hague Grand Slam is also planned for multiple venues in different cities with the final sites within the Netherlands still to be announced but with the Hague as the primary site.
This year’s FIVB The Hague Grand Slam will be seventh Grand Slam of the 2014 season and fifth in a string of seven FIVB Grand Slams to be held over an eight-week window. The seven consecutive FIVB Grand Slam events start in Moscow, Russia (June 10-15) and ends in Klagenfurt, Austria (July 29 to August 3).
The Netherlands has hosted a total of eight FIVB World Tour events (four men, four women) with Brazil leading the medal count in both genders. In the men’s totals, Brazil has four medals, followed by the Netherlands and USA with two each, and with one men’s medal each in The Hague are Latvia, Poland, Russia and Spain.
After four FIVB World Tour women’s events held in Netherlands, Brazil leads the medal parade with eight total medals followed by the USA with two and with one women’s medal each in The Hague are China and Germany.
The men's competition of the 2013 FIVB The Hague Grand Slam was won by Brazil’s new team of Pedro Salgado/Bruno Oscar Schmidt while another new Brazilian duo of Talita Antunes/Taiana Lima took the title in the women's.
The Hague is the seat of government in the Netherlands and is the capital city of the province of South Holland. With a population of just over 500,000 and more than one million inhabitants including the suburbs, it is the third largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The Hague is located in the west of the Netherlands and is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court and the Council of State. But the city is not the capital of the Netherlands which constitutionally is Amsterdam. Most foreign embassies in the Netherlands and 150 international organisations are located in the city.
The 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will include 10 double-gender FIVB Grand Slam tournaments along with the inaugural FIVB Grand Slam and nine FIVB Beach Volleyball Open events.
This year's FIVB World Ranking system will include FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam and Open events along with additional pre-approved events at the inter-continental, continental and national levels.
Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – are the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup also returns this year as it starts its portion of the qualification process for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.