FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Qatar Open 2016 | 4 - 8 April 2016


Press release

Doha Dreams - improved Olympic rankings

Jesus Villafane is hoping to improve his ranking at the Qatar Open to move close to a second Olympic qualification, after featuring at London 2012

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 31, 2016 - Starting Monday in Qatar, 20 of the world’s best men’s Beach Volleyball duos will be seeking to enhance their dreams of playing this August in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on the 12,000-season center court on iconic Copacabana.

After three-straight double gender events in South America where men’s teams from the United States, Poland and Brazil captured gold medals in the country where the Rio 2016 Olympics will be staged, the $75,000 Qatar Open begins Monday on the Qatar Beach Volleyball Academy courts at the Al Gharafa Sports Club.

The Qatar Open medal matches will be played April 8 with the winning team sharing the $11,000 first-place prize. The Doha stop is the first of eight straight weeks of men’s events on the FIVB World Tour followed by tournaments in China (Xiamen and Fuzhou), Brazil (Fortaleza), Russia (Sochi and Moscow), Turkey (Antalya) and the United States (Cincinnati).


To qualify for the Olympics, a team must compete together in at least 12 FIVB World Tour events and/or recognized Continental championships from January 2015 through June 13, 2016. A team’s best 12 finishes will be used to determine a tandem’s ranking. A maximum of two teams per country is allowed to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Five pairs for each gender’s Olympic competition will qualify via Continental Cup action where each FIVB confederation is guaranteed a berth in the Rio 2016 Summer Games. The last qualifying event will be July 6-10 when Russia hosts the FIVB World Continental Cup Olympic Qualification Tournament in Sochi. The top two tandems from each gender from the Continental Cup qualifier will earn the last two pairs in the 24-team Olympic competitions.


Brazil has already qualified two teams in each gender’s competition for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Two pairs from the South American country captured the gold medals at the 2015 FIVB World Championships last July in the Netherlands (Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt and Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas) to secure Copacabana compartments. Being the host of the Rio Summer Games, Brazil was guaranteed two teams in the 24-team men’s and women’s fields (Evandro Goncalves/Pedro Solberg and Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca).

With all that said, Brazilian pairs cannot qualify another team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games through the FIVB World Tour. Therefore, the ranking list excludes Brazilians in the ranking order as Alison/Bruno (7,050 points) and Evandro Pedro (6,130) are the top two teams on the men’s provisional points list for Rio. Talita/Larissa (6,940) and Agatha/Barbara (6,870) rank 1-2 on the women’s provisional list.


For nine of the pairs, the US$75,000 Doha Open provides an opportunity to improve their point total as one of the top 15 teams on the current provisional rankings for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as next week’s FIVB World Tour stop is the 22nd of 30 men’s events used in determining a spot in the Copacabana quadrennial. Here is a breakdown to the nine ranked teams.

Team, Country, Olympic provisional ranking, Points, Qatar placement needed to better point total
Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson, United States, 3rd, 5,060, 5th or better
Grzegorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel, Poland, 5th, 4,720, 5th or better
Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst, Austria, 6th, 4,700
Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, Poland, 8th, 4,620, 5th or better
Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri, Italy, 9th, 4,600, 5th or better
Ben Saxton/Chaim Schalk, Canada, 10th, 4,580, 9th or better
Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai, Italy, 12th, 4,490, 5th or better
Markus Bockermann/Lars Fluggen, Germany, 14th, 4,290, 5th or better
Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen, Mexico, 15th, 4,050, 5th or better

Doppler and Horst have played in 11 Rio qualifying events since the start of the Olympic process in April 2015. The Austrians will automatically gain 120 points with the first rally of their Main Draw match Tuesday. A 17th-place finish at the Qatar Open will net Doppler and Horst 180 points, a ninth 240, a fifth 300, a fourth 350, a bronze medal 400, a silver medal 450 and a gold medal 500.

Top 15-ranked provisional teams missing the Qatar Open are Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen of The Netherlands (No. 1, 5,980 points), Reinder Nummerdor/Christiaan Varenhorst of The Netherlands (No. 2, 5,220), Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins of Latvia (No. 4, 4,900), Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera of Spain (No. 7, 4,660), Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena of the United States (No. 11, 4,580) and Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Konstantin Semenov of Russia (No. 13, 4,350). 


For four of the Doha entrants, the Qatar stop provides another opportunity to increase their Olympic point total to reach a spot among the top 15 teams from the FIVB World Tour.

Team, Country, Olympic provisional ranking, Points, Qatar placement need to better point total
Josh Binstock/Sam Schachter, Canada, 16th, 3,720, 9th or better (330 points behind No. 15 Ontiveros/Virgen)
Youssef Krou/Edouard Rowlandson, France, 17th, 3,710, 9th or better (340)
Murat Giginoglu/Volkan Gogtepe, Turkey, 20th, 3,380, 9th or better (670)
Jackson Henriquez/Jesus Villafane, Venezuela, 21st, 3,296, 9th or better (754)


Three Qatar entrants will automatically gain points as each duo has not reached the requirement to play in a minimum of 12 events.

Team, Country, Olympic provisional ranking, Points, guaranteed Qatar points due to Main Draw placement of 25th
Martins Plavins/Haralds Regza, Latvia, 23rd, 2,490, will gain 120 points with the first rally
Jefferson Santos Pereira/Cherif Younousse, Qatar, 25th, 2,210, will gain 120 points with first serve
Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin, Russia, 26th, 2,080, will gain 120 points with first serve

Plavins and Regza will satisfy the participation requirement as the Qatar Open will be their 12th qualifying event. Jefferson/Cherif and Stoyanovskiy/Yarzutkin will be playing in their 11th qualifying event. Jefferson and Cherif defeated the young Russians last month for the gold medal at the Kish Island stop in Iran.


With a minimum of two teams per country in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games field, four Qatar entrants will be seeking to improve their provisional point total.

Team, Country, Olympic provisional ranking, Points, Qatar placement need to better point total
Tri Bourne/John Hyden, United States, Q, 4240, 9th or better
Michal Kadziola/Jakub Szalankiewicz, Poland, Q, 3016, will gain 120 points with first serve
Matteo Ingrosso/Paolo Ingrosso, Italy, Q, 2920, 17th or better
Grant O'Gorman/Sam Pedlow, Canada, Q, 2570, will gain 40 points with first serve

Hyden, who missed the last two Brazilian events in Rio and Vitoria due to back problems, and Bourne are currently 340 points behind American rivals Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena. With Dalhausser slowed by a leg problem, Hyden and Bourne can move into the second United States spot for the Rio Olympics with a “final four” finish in the Qatar Open.

Kadziola, who missed the last two Brazilian events due to family matters, and Szalankiewicz will be playing in their 11th qualifying event in Qatar.  Kadziola and Szalankiewicz are 1,604 points behind Kantor/Losiak for the second Polish berth on Copacabana for the 2016 Rio Summer Games.

The Ingrosso twins are 1,570 points behind the second Italian team on the provisional list (No. 12 Lupo/Nicolai).  O’Gorman and Pedlow trail the second Canadian team on the provisional list (No. 16 Binstock/Schachter) by 1,150 points.


With the Qatar Open a men’s only event, the next eight events are double gender tournaments highlighted by $800,000 FIVB World Tour Grand Slam stops in Moscow and Hamburg.

April 12-17 - Xiamen (China) Open
April 19-24 - Fuzhou (China) Open
April 26-May 1 - Fortaleza (Brazil) Open
May 3-8 - Sochi (Russia) Open
May 10-15 - Antalya (Turkey) Open
May 17-22 - Cincinnati (United States) Open
May 24-29 - Moscow (Russia) Grand Slam
June 7-12 - Hamburg (Germany) Grand Slam

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