FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Qatar Open 2016 | 4 - 8 April 2016


Press release

Jefferson and Cherif aiming for home gold

Qatar's Jefferson Pereira (left) and Cherif Younousse are aiming to have more to celebrate at the Qatar Open

Doha, Qatar, April 3, 2016 – Jefferson Pereira and Cherif Younousse will be aiming to show their home fans why they are enjoying a growing reputation on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour when the Qatar Open takes place from April 4 – 8. 

Quick links
•    Qatar Open website
•    Qualification
•    Main draw

The pair won their first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold medals at the Kish Island Open in February after first serving notice of their potential when they reached the quarterfinals of the Netherlands 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.

“It’s a big year for us and we’re keen to garner as many points as possible,” Pereira said. “I’m really optimistic as we’ve had some great results against strong opponents this season.” 

The two previous Qatar Opens were won by German teams - Tim Holler and Jonas Schröder in 2014 and Markus Böckermann and Lars Flüggen in 2015 – and Böckermann and Flüggen will be back to defend their gold that they won in November 2015 in the earlier portion of the 2015-16 World Tour calendar. 

Poland's Bartosz Losiak and Piotr Kantor celebrate Rio gold

Böckermann and Flüggen will face stiff competition to defend their title though. The USA will be represented by Jacob Gibb and Casey Patterson, who are ranked fifth in the FIVB Olympic Rankings and 2015 bronze medallists Tri Bourne and John Hyden. 

Bartosz Losiak and Piotr Kantor will be in confident mood after they won their first World Tour golds at the Rio de Janeiro Grand Slam. The pair won FIVB World Championships gold at U19, U21 and U23 and gold in Rio served noticed that they are beginning to fulfil their potential. 

Italy also send two strong pairs; Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula showed that they are approaching their best by finishing fourth at the Vitória Open. 

London 2012 Olympians Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo will be fighting hard for Olympic points to ensure they take part at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games and served notice that they are nearing their top form by winning silver at the Vitória Open at the end of March. 

“A shame about the final, but we’re heading back to Italy with a silver,” Lupo wrote on his Facebook page. “Next stop Qatar.”

Italy's Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai celebrate their first World Tour medal of 2016

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