Moscow Grand Slam 2016 | 24 - 29 May 2016
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 27, 2016 - When Adrian Gavira and Pablo Herrera captured their first-ever FIVB World Tour gold medal at the 2015 Moscow Grand Slam, the Spaniards dropped their first match of the competition before reeling off six-straight wins at the Vodny Stadium Beach Sports Centre to top the podium in the Russian capital.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 27, 2016 - Two top-seeded pairs with Moscow Grand Slam gold medals to their credit lead eight women’s teams into the quarter-finals of this week’s FIVB World Tour stop in the Russian capital after winning “Sweet 16” matches here Friday afternoon at the Vodny Stadium Beach Sports Centre.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 27, 2016 - Paolo Nicolai “idolizes” Phil Dalhausser, but the Italian and his partner Daniel Lupo had the upper hand over the American Olympian here Friday in a mid-day match at the US$800,000 Moscow Grand Slam where second team from the southern European country advanced to the second-round elimination play... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 27, 2016 – Russian beach volleyball player Alexander Likholetov shows us around in Moscow. One of his favourite spots in the Russian capital is the Metro, which is famous for it’s art, decorations and statues. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 27, 2016 - Although it was only the first-round of elimination at the US$800,000 Moscow Grand Slam here Friday morning, the competition was intense with two pairs suffering setbacks in their bids to earn in their country’s second berth in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games while one tandem helped secure their spot for the Copacabana qua... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia May 27, 2016 – The second FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Grand Slam of the year will conclude in Moscow this weekend, with the action due to be streamed live on the FIVB’s YouTube channel.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 27, 2016 - The opening elimination rounds here Friday for men and women in the US$800,000 Moscow Grand Slam has produced interesting match ups as the FIVB World Tour event grinds towards its conclusion Sunday at the Vodny Stadium Beach Sports Centre.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 26, 2016 - Is it really a rivalry between the two teams to see which tandem will represent Canada in the men’s Beach Volleyball competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games or will the North American country have two entries into the Copacabana quadrennial?... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 24, 2016 - Participants at this week's FIVB World Tour stop took time here Tuesday to visit orphans at the Children Home-Boarding House in the Russian capital city.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 26, 2016 - Joana Heidrich and Nadine Zumkehr have been one of the early season success stories on the 2015-2016 FIVB World Tour calendar as the Swiss pair added to their resume an “impressive” three-set win here Thursday at the Moscow Grand Slam to clinch their pool and earn a first-round “bye” when elimination play starts Frida... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 26, 2016 – Marleen van Iersel is travelling to Copacabana this summer with only one goal; an Olympic medal. The 28-year old Dutch beach volleyball player finished ninth at the 2012 London Olympic Games, but this time things will be different, she said.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 26, 2016 - With the Moscow Grand Slam being the second “big” event on the 2015-2016 FIVB World Tour calendar, an opening match here Thursday morning featured reigning Beach Volleyball world champions Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt of Brazil playing world tour leaders Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak of Poland... Read full news
Russia to host Moscow Grand Slam
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour returns to Russia from May 24-29 for the double-gender FIVB Moscow Grand Slam. The Moscow event will mark the 19th time for a men’s competition in Russia and 17th women’s tournament held in this expansive country. The 2016 event will be the 11th FIVB World Tour event held in Moscow (eighth straight year).
A total of 32 previous FIVB World Tour events have been staged in Russia through 2015. Besides Moscow, the other Russian cities that have hosted a FIVB World Tour event are Anapa, Sochi and St. Petersburg. Before going to Moscow, the first scheduled FIVB World Tour event in Russia this year will be the FIVB Sochi Open on May 3-8.
The first men’s FIVB World Tour event was played February 17-22, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while the first women’s FIVB World Tour event in Brazil was played in 1993 in Rio de Janeiro. The women’s FIVB World Tour held its first tournament in Spain in 1992.
Through 2015, Russia has hosted a total of 32 FIVB World Tour events (17 men, 15 women) with Brazil leading the medal count in both genders. In the men’s totals after 17 events, Brazil has 15 medals, followed by Germany and the USA with seven each, Russia with five, Latvia and Switzerland with three each and China, Netherlands and Spain with two each. With one men’s medal in Russia are Argentina, Italy, Norway, Poland and Portugal.
After 15 FIVB World Tour women’s events held in Russia through the 2015 season, Brazil leads the medal parade with 15 total medals followed by the USA with nine, China with six, Germany and Russia with four each. Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland have two each and Spain has one medal.
Men’s championship team of the 2015 FIVB Moscow Grand Slam was Spain’s Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera while winning the 2015 women’s gold medal in Moscow was Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca.
The 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar began with three Open events at the end of 2015. The remainder of the 2015/2016 calendar will include multiple FIVB Open and multiple FIVB Grand Slam events along with more Swatch FIVB Major Series events, and the second Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals. The highlight of the calendar will be the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil featuring 24 teams in each gender.
Moscow is the capital and largest city in Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Russia and in Eurasia. Moscow has the largest community of billionaires in the world. Moscow is the northernmost megacity in the world and fifth largest city proper in the world with a population of over 11.5 million.
Moscow is situated on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia. It is the site of the Moscow Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence of the Russian president. The Moscow Kremlin is also one of several World Heritage Sites in the city. Both chambers of the Russian parliament also sit in Moscow.
The event continues the Road to Rio that lasts until June 13, 2016 with FIVB World Tour events counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine the 15 of 24 spots for each gender that will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The 2016 FIVB World Ranking system will again 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. 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.