Kish Island Open 2016 | 15 - 19 February 2016
Beach Volleyball - Kish Island, Iran, February 19, 2016 – Jefferson Santos and Cherif Younousse claimed their first ever FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold medals when they beat Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin in the final of the inaugural Kish Island Open on Friday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Kish Island, February 19, 2016 - Catch all the action from the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Kish Island Open 2016 bronze medal match and final on the FIVB's YouTube channel.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Kish Island, Iran, February 19, 2016 – Jefferson Santos and Cherif Younousse had to hold their nerve to reach their first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour final when they defeated Bartosz Losiak and Piotr Kantor in the Kish Island Open semi-finals on Friday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Kish Island, Iran, February 19, 2016 - Re-watch all the action from the semifinals of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Kish Island Open.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Kish Island, Iran, February 18, 2016 – Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen have certainly enjoyed the past few years as they established themselves on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour and now the pair are aiming to continue their rise as the 2015-16 gets back underway. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Kish Island, Iran, February 18, 2016 – Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin pulled off the shock of the Kish Island Open so far when they knocked out top seeds Markus Böckermann and Lars Flüggen at the quarter-final stage on Thursday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Kish Island, Iran, February 17, 2016 – Nikita Liamin and Dmitri Barsouk had to ignore a buoyant Iranian crowd and dig deep to produce their best as they fought back from losing the opening set to defeat local favourites Saber Houshmand and Abbas Pourasgari. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Kish Island, Iran, February 16, 2016 – Frenchman Edouard ‘Eddy’ Rowlandson has one dream at the start of the 2016 section of the 2015-16 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour – to secure a place at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, alongside his partner of four years, Youssef Krou. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Kish Island, Iran, February 16, 2016 – Sam Pedlow and Grant O’Gorman continued their strong run of form from the end of 2015 to start the FIVB World Tour Kish Island Open with two wins from two on the opening day of the tournament, a day that featured some spectacular action. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Kish Island, Iran, February 15, 2016 – Jake Sheaf and Chris Gregory started their year in the best way possible by reaching the Kish Island Open main draw after they won their qualification match on Monday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Kish Island, Iran, February 15, 2016 – Iran’s players are becoming quickly accustomed to life on FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, especially as their country are hosting a World Tour event for the first time at the Kish Island Open this week. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Kish Island, Iran, February 14, 2016 – Kish Island, an Iran-administered island in the Gulf will play host to the resumption of the 2015-16 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, with the first tournament of 2016 running from February 14-19. ... Read full news
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour heading to Iran for the first time
One of several new venues on the 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar, Iran’s Kish Island will host the men’s only FIVB Kish Island Open, to be held February 15-19. It will mark the first time an FIVB World Tour event will have been held in the Persian Gulf nation.
The 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar began with three Open events at the end of 2015. The remainder of the calendar - following the Kish Island Open - will include a further ten FIVB Opens, five FIVB Grand Slam events along with three Swatch FIVB Major Series stops, and the second Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals. The highlights of the calendar will also include the beach volleyball tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
The 2015/2016 FIVB World Tour schedule lists only one other single-gender event with the men scheduled to return to Doha, Qatar (April 4-8), where they also ended the 2015 portion of the 2015/2016 schedule with a FIVB Open event last November 9-13.
Kish Island is a 91.5-square-kilometer (35.3 square miles) resort island in the Persian Gulf. It is part of the Hormozgan Province of Iran. Due to its free trade zone status it is touted as a consumer's paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centers, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. It has an estimated population of 26,000 residents and about one million people visit the island annually. Kish Island was ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by The New York Times in 2010, and is the fourth most visited vacation destination in Southwest Asia after Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Sharm el-Sheikh.
Since the mid-1990s the Iranian government has embarked on a promotional and developmental campaign to tailor Kish as a rival to Dubai but mainly a big rival to Doha. Steps taken in order to accomplish this include launching massive construction projects and programmes designed to attract foreign investment and trade.
The event resumes the road to Rio that lasts until June 13, 2016 with FIVB World Tour events counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine 15 of 24 spots for each gender that will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The 2016 FIVB World Ranking system (Men / Women) will again include FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam and Open events along with additional pre-approved events at the intercontinental, 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. While the FIVB World Championships had 48 teams, all other tournaments have 32 teams and begin with a qualification tournament in each gender to determine the final eight teams in the main draw fields.
Country quota playoffs are also held, as needed, to determine the final teams for qualification tournaments.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup is back again this year as it completes its portion of the qualification process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.