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Qatar Open | 9 - 13 November 2015

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2016 FIVB World Tour returns men’s FIVB Qatar Open


USA's Phil Dalhausser, a two-time Olympian and 2008 gold medalist, along with new teammate Nick Lucena are the top-seeded team as the 2016 FIVB World Tour resumes in Qatar with the men's $75,000 FIVB Qatar Open.

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 7, 2015 — Finishing an early start on the 2016 season in Mexico and Turkey, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) continues the qualifying process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this week as the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour resumes with the men’s $75,000 FIVB Qatar Open.

The last of three open events on the 2015 portion of the 2016 FIVB World Tour calendar, the FIVB Qatar Open starts Monday and continues through Friday at the Qatar Beach Volleyball Academy in the Al Gharafa Sports Club in Doha.

Back in Doha for the second straight year, expected to start the FIVB Qatar Open will be approximately 67 men’s teams from 30 countries.

The men’s $75,000 FIVB Qatar Open starts Sunday and concludes on Friday. The event is the last event on the 2015 portion of the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.

QATAR SCHEDULE
The FIVB Qatar Open is a 32-team, men’s only event. It will start with a qualification tournament on Monday to determine the final eight spots in the 32-team main draw followed by two days of round robin pool play. The top three teams in the eight pools (24 total teams) will advance from pool play to the single-elimination knockout rounds. Pool play will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also on Wednesday will be the first round of single-elimination play. On Thursday will be two more rounds single-elimination concluding with the quarterfinals. On Friday the semifinals and medal matches will be held.

As needed, country quota playoff matches will be played on Sunday to determine the final teams in Monday’s qualification tournament.

QATAR’S FIVB HISTORY
In last year’s inaugural FIVB Qatar Open, Germany’s Tim Holler/Jonas Schroder won the gold medal, Canada’s Josh Binstock/Sam Schacter earned the silver medal and winning the bronze medal was France’s Youssef Krou/Edouard Rowlandson. Both the gold and bronze medal-winning teams are entered this year.

WELCOME TO DOHA
Doha is the capital city of the state of Qatar. Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, it has a population of over 1 million. Doha is Qatar's largest city, with over 60% of the nation's population residing in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and is also the economic center of the country. It is also one of the municipalities of Qatar. Doha also serves as the seat of government of Qatar. Doha is home to the Education City, an area devoted to research and education.

The city of Doha held the 2006 Asian Games, which was the largest Asian Games ever held. Doha also hosted the 2011 Pan Arab Games and most of the games of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. Doha will also host a large number of the venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The World Petroleum Council held the 20th World Petroleum Conference in Doha in December 2011.

TEAM QATAR
As the host nation for the FIVB Qatar Open, Qatar has two men’s teams pre-seeded into the main draw for this event. Qatar’s mens teams entered are
Jefferson Pereira/Cherif Younousse and Assam Mahmoud/Ahmed Tijan. Qatar’s Pereira/Younousse were one of the most impressive new teams in the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in the Netherlands.

TOP SEEDS
For the FIVB Qatar Open, the top-seeded teams are USA’s top-seeded Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, Italy’s second-seeded Alex Ranghieri/Adrian Carambula, USA’s third-seeded John Hyden/Tri Bourne, Italy’s fourth-seeded twin brothers Matteo Ingrosso/Paolo Ingrosso and Germany’s fifth-seeded Lars Fluggen/Markus Bockermann. 

France’s Krou/Rowlandson, last year’s bronze medalists in Doha, are pre-seeded sixth this year and last year’s gold medalists, Germany’s Holler/Schroder as pre-seeded 13th this year.

Among the other top-teams on the FIVB World Tour entered in Doha are Poland’s No.7 Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, Latvia’s No. 10 Martins Plavins/Haralds Regza and Turkey’s No. 11 Volkan Gogtepe/Murat Giginoglu.

FIVB QATAR OPEN PURSE
The gold medal team at the FIVB Qatar Open will split $11,000, the silver $8,000, the bronze $6,000 and fourth place $4,500.

GROWING HISTORY
The FIVB Qatar Open will be the 332nd men’s event since the FIVB began men’s competition in 1987. There have been 295 FIVB women’s tournaments since their competitions started in 1992.

ON THE HORIZON
After the event in Doha, the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, with placement points counting in the FIVB Olympic Rankings for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will take a break before starting up again in Brazil for a double-gender FIVB Open in Vitoria scheduled to be held on Jan. 26-31, 2016.  The 2016 FIVB World Tour currently has three FIVB Opens and one FIVB Grand Slam scheduled in Brazil prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Aug. 6-18).

FIVB EVENT FORMAT

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. Country Quota playoffs have returned as needed in 2015 to determine the final teams for the qualification tournament.


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