2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games | 17 - 27 August 2014
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, December 24, 2014 – Beach volleyball’s impact at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games may have been surprising for some – with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach praising the “wonderful atmosphere” – but the sport put on a memorable show in China as Russia’s Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin dominated t... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Nanjing, China, August 28, 2014 - When the Mikasa hit the sand for the final time here Wednesday and the last medal was presented on the center court at the Youth Olympic Park Beach Volleyball venue, hundreds of volunteers working the event crowded the podium for pictures.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Nanjing, China, August 28, 2014 - One of the happiest individuals working the Beach Volleyball competition at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics was FIVB delegate Marco “Tullio” Teixeira.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Nanjing, China, August 27, 2014 - In a dominating performance featuring the blocking of towering Oleg Stoyanovskiy and the defense and attacking of Artem Yarzutkin, Russia claimed the gold medal here Wednesday evening by defeating a pesky Venezuela team in the men’s finale at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Nanjing, China, August 27, 2014 - With the top two teams from the recently-completed FIVB Under-19 World Championships eliminated, Tigrito Gomez and Peter Hernandez will attempt to salvage the “pride” from the Portugal podium placers here Wednesday evening when the Venezuelans play a Russian pair for the men’s beach volleyball gold medal at the Nan... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Nanjing, China, August 27, 2014 - After every block on center court, the public address announcer played a special “My block” soundtrack. Right on cue, the fans threw both hands in the air, mimicking the motion of a block. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Nanjing, China, August 26, 2014 - Ana Patricia Silva and Eduarda Lisboa overcame a four-point deficit in the third and deciding set here Tuesday evening to capture the women’s Beach Volleyball gold medal at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics Games over the McNamara twins of Canada. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Nanjing, China, August 26, 2014 - It will be North America versus South America for the women’s Beach Volleyball gold medal at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games after pairs from Canada and Brazil won semi-final matches here Tuesday afternoon at the venue located within the Nanjing Sports Park Complex.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Nanjing, China, August 26, 2014 - A light sweat started to drip down Mariano Baracetti’s face. While playfully hitting the ball around with his players on a side court, the competitive juices started flowing for the man who was known as “Mono” when he played professionally. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Nanjing, China, August 25, 2014 - When the last Mikasa hits the sand in the Beach Volleyball competition at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in two days, everything will start to return to normal for the more than eight-million inhabitants that live in the surrounding areas of the capital city of Jiangsu province in Eastern China.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Nanjing, China, August 25, 2014 - Germany and Russia will move on to the semifinals of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games after winning on a rainy Monday night at the Nanjing Sports Park Complex.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Nanjing, China, August 25, 2014 - In one of the most interesting Beach Volleyball matches at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin of Russia overcame their first set mistakes to eliminate reigning FIVB under-19 world champions Arthur Mariano and George Wanderley of Brazil in a men’s quarter-final match here Mon... Read full news
Beach Volleyball part of Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games
The second edition of the Youth Olympic Games are set to take place from August 16 to 28, 2014 in the Chinese city of Nanjing and it will be the first time beach volleyball will be included in the sporting line-up.
While just volleyball made it to the list of sports for the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, this year’s Games will only feature beach volleyball.
The event will be held at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sport Park alongside a number of other sports including rugby, BMX and hockey. Preserving the legacy of the venue for the future development of beach volleyball was also high on the agenda.
Situated 20 minutes from the centre of the city, construction of the complex was completed at the end of 2013.
The Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing will see the participation of over 3,600 athletes and will include 28 Olympic sports. To be eligible for the Youth Olympic Games, athletes must be born between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 1999.
Volleyball was part of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, when Cuba won the boys’ volleyball gold medal over Argentina, and Belgium defeated the United States to clinch the gold medal in the girls’ competition.
The FIVB hopes that this event can create a strong platform to develop youth beach volleyball all over the world, with national federations investing in young athletes in an effort to earn one of the 36 berths in the Games.
Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in eastern China and has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of China on several occasions. Its present name means "Southern Capital".
Located in the lower Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing has long been one of China's most important cities. It is recognized as one of the four great ancient capitals of China. Nanjing has long been a national center of education, research, transport networks and tourism.
With an urban population of over seven million (2011), Nanjing is the second-largest commercial centre in the East China region after Shanghai.
Beach Volleyball has been a popular and integral part of the Summer Olympic Games since it debuted at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games in the United States.
Also on the FIVB age-group calendar for 2014 are an unprecedented four FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships for developing age-group athletes. The four age-group events this year will be for U17 (Bahia de Banderas, Mexico - July 15-20), U19 (Porto, Portugal - July 29-August 3), U21 (Larnaka, Cyprus - July 22-27) and U23 (Myslowice, Poland - June 10-15).