Rio Grand Slam 2016 | 8 - 13 March 2016
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 20, 2016 – One of the main attractions on the Copa Courts during Rio 2016, Bossaball captured the imagination and attention of all those attending their exhibition matches on the sands of Copacabana. ... Read full news
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 20, 2016 – Often seen but rarely heard, volleyball and beach volleyball referees at the 2016 Olympic Games had the opportunity to visit the Volleyball House this week as the sporting action heads into its final days in Rio. ... Read full news
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 19, 2016 - Brazil has always been a dominant force in beach volleyball at the Olympic Games. On Thursday night men’s pair Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt claimed a brilliant gold medal but it all started back in 1996 in Atlanta when Sandra Pires and Jackie Silva beat compatriots Mônica Rodrigues and Adriana Samuel to... Read full news
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 19, 2016 – The 2016 Rio Olympics may be drawing to a close but it is clear that the Copa Courts have laid the foundation for the FIVB’s long term partnership with the Special Olympics, following Thursday’s MOU signing between the two organisations. ... Read full news
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 18, 2016 – Although beach volleyball is going into its last day of competition, the activity at the Copa Courts shows no signs of slowing down as young children worked side-by-side volleyball stars from the Netherlands, Australia and Norway. ... Read full news
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 18, 2016 - The FIVB today re-emphasised volleyball’s position as a universal sport for all as the federation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Special Olympics at the FIVB Volleyball House in Rio. ... Read full news
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 17, 2016 - It’s already one of the coolest sports at the Olympic Games and today volleyball got even cooler as the FIVB signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chaka 2, the agency responsible for creating and organising the Snow Volleyball Tour. ... Read full news
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 15, 2016 – While the ‘Road to Rio’ differs for each individual athlete it is true that some have had a rockier road to these Games than others. No other team symbolises the struggle more than the refugee delegation who are competing under a neutral flag at these Olympic Games. ... Read full news
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 14, 2016 – Beach volleyball has been the signature event of Rio 2016 and former World Champion Xue Chen is hopeful the next Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 can emulate 2016’s success. ... Read full news
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 14, 2016 - Brazilian dads looking for a special way to enjoy Father’s Day this year found the sands of the Copa Courts in Copacabana, a great location to spend some quality time with their children. ... Read full news
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 6, 2016 – The FIVB today welcomed global education technology software company Rosetta Stone to the FIVB Volleyball House, in a meeting marking the successful partnership between the two organisations.... Read full news
FIVB - Rio de Janeiro, August 6, 2016 – After months of renovation, the Volleyball House opened its doors on Friday for business. In addition to providing a lasting legacy for the school’s 600 students, its teachers and employees, the house is an important development in the culture of volleyball. ... 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.