FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Qatar Open 2016 | 4 - 8 April 2016

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Doppler and Horst keeping Rio dream alive on Doha sands


Alexander Horst (left) and Clemens Doppler are aiming for a second Olympic appearance together

Doha, Qatar, April 6, 2016 – Clement Doppler and Alexander Horst will make sure that they are as prepared as they can be in their pursuit of a place at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

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Currently they are playing in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Qatar Open and on Wednesday they topped their pool with three wins from three.

While the pair are looking in the type of form that could allow them to challenge for a place on the podium, the day-night tournament is also allowing them the chance to prepare for the conditions at Rio 2016.

“We are really happy because we came here to prepare for the Olympics,” Doppler said. “Here there are night session games under the lights and deep sand and that is important because you don’t have so many occasions in the season when you have night session games.

“For us it is a very important tournament especially as it is our 12th tournament so we have fulfilled the criteria for the qualification process.”

Doppler and Horst played at the London 2012 Olympic Games after they qualified through the FIVB Continental Cup. They also played at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Doppler alongside Peter Gartmayer and Horst with Florian Gosch.

Medal aim


Clemens Doppler of Austria gets down low to return the shot

The Austrians are currently eighth in the FIVB Olympic Rankings, from which the top 15 teams and the top two Brazilian teams qualify. Teams have to play a minimum of 12 tournaments in the qualification period to be eligible for qualification and the Qatar Open takes the pair to the necessary dozen.

“I think it is very hard to top London,” Doppler said. “The centre court was breath-taking and now I know how tennis players feel in Wimbledon or other grand slams because you couldn’t see the top row in the stadium because it was so huge.

“Playing beach volleyball in Rio is such a special event and for us London was a little bit unlucky result wise, but our big goal is to win a medal in Rio and I think we have a chance.”

Doppler and Horst have started the year in good form and reached the quarterfinals at the Rio de Janeiro Grand Slam.

They won bronze at the 2015 Yokohama Grand Slam, their first World Tour medals since they won silver at the 2012 Stare Jablonki Grand Slam that came a week after London 2012.

Once the Qatar Open wraps up on Friday, the duo will head to the next stop on the World Tour, the Xiamen Open in China. Then once that is over they will travel to warmer climes to put the finishing touches to their preparation for the European-based World Tour events.

“After the next tournament we’ll go for 10 days training in the Canary Islands and then we start the season completely prepared,” Doppler said.

“We’re trying to keep up the good work from last season because we had a very solid season and we’ve started with a fifth in Rio.”

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