FIVB LOPAR ISLAND CHALLENGER 2004

 
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July 2, 2004
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FOLLOWING THE ORGANIZATION OF SEVERAL SUCCESSFUL EUROPEAN SERIES TOURNAMENTS IN ZAGREB

World-class volleyball coming to Rab: VIP FIVB CHALLENGER LOPAR, RAB

(July 8 11 2004)

ZAGREB (CRO), July 1st, 2004 The first world series beach volleyball tournament in Croatia will be held from Thursday, July 8th, till Sunday, July 11th, 2004 at the Paradise beach in Lopar on the island of Rab.

FIVB Challenger Lopar is the most attractive beach volleyball tournament in Croatia this year, where every volleyball fan will be able to enjoy the finesse of the best Croatian players and some of the most attractive world players. The organizers are expecting exciting, high quality matches, interrupted only by the relaxed mingling of players, fans and tourists at the beautiful beach on Rab.

Fourteen of the highest ranked players on the FIVB world chart are entering the tournament directly, two pairs go in through wildcards, while the remaining eight places will be filled by the best from the qualification rounds.

Qualification rounds are scheduled for Thursday, while the main draw is to be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which is reserved for the semi-finals and finals.

Total prize money for the Lopar VIP FIVB Challenger 2004 is $ 30.000, the highest prize money awarded at a beach volleyball tournament in Croatia to date.

PRE-TOURNAMENT FAVORITES
The biggest pre-tournament favorites are the Brazilian pair de Jesus Magalhes/Silva Azevedo who played in the main draw of the recently held Grand Slam in Berlin. Possible dark-horses, and a potential tournament surprise, are the excellent Australian pair Bishop/Allison who have never played a world series tournament before.

Along with the premium sports event, the fans will be able to enjoy in numerous additional events, parties, promotions and prize games.

As a traditional sponsor of the Croatian beach volleyball league and the Cup, along with international tournaments, VIPnet is actively contributing to the popularization of beach volleyball in Croatia. Considering the timing and places chosen as sites for the VIP tour 2004 (national league), beach volleyball is starting to significantly contribute to the tourist offer in Croatia.

 

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