Rio Grand Slam 2016 | 8 - 13 March 2016
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2016 – Beach volleyball was first welcomed into the Olympic family almost 20-years ago to the day, with the first match taking place on July 23 at Atlanta 1996.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Ottawa, Canada, July 12, 2016 – Canada’s men will play-off to earn the right to represent their nation at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, July 11, 2016 – London 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist Julius Brink ran the rule over the Rio 2016 Olympic Games pools following the drawing of lots in Gstaad, Switzerland on Saturday, with the former beach volleyball star overly cautious of making too many predictions.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Gstaad, Switzerland, July 8, 2016 - The drawing of lots for beach volleyball competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Gstaad on Saturday after the conclusion of the afternoon matches at the Gstaad Major.... Read full news
Volleyball - Bangkok, Thailand, July 7, 2016 – FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° met with international referees at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Referee Preparation Seminar at Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel on Thursday with just 29 days to go until the opening ceremony of the event.... Read full news
Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, June 29, 2016 - Fans can now turn to fivb.com's dedicated Olympic pages for a host of information about the volleyball and beach volleyball events at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Visit the volleyball pages now for information concerning team rosters and match schedules. The beach volleyball section also includes important inf... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, June 23, 2016 - At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh finished in perfect fashion as they became the first team ever to win three Olympic beach volleyball gold medals, defeating fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in straight sets. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, June 9, 2016 - The fourth Olympic beach volleyball competition at Beijing 2008 again saw 24 women’s and 24 men’s teams competing against each other in a total of 108 matches, comprising 54 men's and 54 women's matches. ... Read full news
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
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.