Rio Grand Slam 2016 | 8 - 13 March 2016
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, June 1, 2016 - Nearly nine months after Brazil released the names of the stars that will step out on Copacabana for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games beach volleyball tournament, the pairs that will compete for gold from August 6 to 18 for Italy and the United States are becoming clearer.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 26, 2016 - As part of the series in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games the FIVB looks back at previous Olympic volleyball and beach volleyball tournaments, including the beach volleyball at the 2004 Athens Games.... Read full news
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 26, 2016 – Fans searching for the beach volleyball and volleyball venues at this year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games will now easily be able to find the venues after they were included on Google Maps for the first time.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 13, 2016 - Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas will be among the leading sides at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, but the pair are trying their hardest to keep their expectancy levels low. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Huntingdon Beach, California, USA, May 6, 2016 – Olympic hopeful Nick Lucena was forced to forfeit his and Phil Dalhausser’s match against Brian and Tim Bomgren at the Huntingdon Beach AVP tournament on Friday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 5, 2016 – Brooke Sweat is having to grit her teeth and ignore the pain as she and Lauren Fendrick chase a place at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 4, 2016 – For Pedro Salgado it is a case of third time lucky when it comes to the Olympic Games. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 3, 2016 – They have played together since 2011, choose Gstaad as their favourite venue and both took different paths to their current position, but for Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas 2016 is shaping up to be the most memorable of years. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Accra, Ghana, May 3, 2016 – Edward Ajanako and Jonathan Sarpong will have Rio on their minds when they lead Ghana at the CAVB Men’s Continental Cup this week. ... Read full news
Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 2, 2016 - With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games just over three months away, hosts Brazil - a nation hooked on volleyball and beach volleyball - are looking forward to a memorable Games for its national teams.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, April 25, 2016 - When the Rio 2016 Olympic Games kick off on August 5, Brazil's beach volleyball and volleyball players will no doubt be ready to represent their country at the quadrennial event.
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Beach Volleyball - Fortaleza, Brazil, April 24, 2016 – Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt continued their strong start to 2016 by winning gold in Fortaleza, their third stage win on the Brazilian Beach Volleyball Tour.... Read full news
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will be returning to Rio de Janeiro
One of three successive events in Brazil on the 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar, Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro will host the first grand slam of the 2015/2016 FIVB World Tour at the double-gender FIVB Rio Grand Slam, to be held March 8-13. Prior to this visit, the FIVB World Tour has held 15 men’s events and eight women’s events in Rio.
Last year, Rio hosted a double-gender test event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on the beach volleyball venue at iconic Copacabana Beach.
The first men’s FIVB World Tour event was played February 17-22, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, 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.
The 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar began with three Open events at the end of 2015. The remainder of the 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.
Overall, Brazil has hosted 69 total previous FIVB World Tour events, at least one has been held every season that the FIVB has played beach volleyball. Rio de Janeiro has hosted 23 total events, including the 1999 World Championships. Fortaleza has hosted 10 total events, followed by Brasília with eight total events, Vitória also with eight, and Salvador with seven. There have been 37 total men’s events and 32 total women’s events.
In the medal count for events held in the South American country, Brazil is far ahead in both genders. For the men, Brazil has 63 total medals followed by the United States with 24, Switzerland 6, Germany 5, Argentina 4, Canada 2, Latvia 2, China 1, Cuba 1, Netherlands 1, Norway 1 and Poland 1.
In women’s medals for FIVB events held in Brazil, Brazil tops the chart with 56 followed again by the USA with 28, Australia 3, Germany 3, Italy 2, Netherlands 2, China 1 and Japan 1.
Rio de Janeiro (River of January in Portuguese) is the second-largest city in Brazil, the sixth-largest city in the Americas and the world’s 39th largest city by population. The Rio de Janeiro metropolis is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s third-most populous state.
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, Carnival, samba, bossa nova and beaches like Barra Tijuca, Copocabana, Ipanema and Leblon. In addition to the beaches, some of the most famous landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the new seven wonders of the world; Sugarloaf Mountain with its cable car; the Sambodromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracana Stadium, one of the world’s largest football (soccer) stadiums.
Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympics - the first time a South American and Portuguese-speaking nation will host these events, and the third time the Olympics will be held in a Southern Hemisphere city.
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.