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2017 FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL

MEDIA GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

2017 FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

The 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar will debut the new five-star structure that is now in place for the FIVB World Tour from 2017 and onwards.

All events on the tour will be assigned a star rating between one and five as the International Volleyball Federation continues to reform its competitions,

delivering the best possible events for its athletes, fans and sponsors. Five and four star will be the highest level elite events while three, two and one star events

will be there to develop the sport in as many regions as possible.

Highlighted by the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, this year’s FIVB World Tour will once again feature the Swatch Major Series (all five star events)

and the five-star event in Rome, as well as the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals. The 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball Calendar, which begins in the

United States in February 2017 on Fort Lauderdale Beach in south Florida, features $6.35 million in prize money. This year marks the 30

th

anniversary of the

first FIVB beach volleyball event held February 17-22, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first FIVB gold medal was won by USA’s Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos. The

men’s FIVB World Tour began in 1989, the women’s in 1992. Smith/Stoklos were the champions of the inaugural season in 1989-90.

−− The international beach volleyball circuit will visit 26 sites in 20 countries over a seven-month period, with the season starting in the United States in February

and ending in August in Canada with the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals

−− The complete 2017 FIVB international calendar includes the FIVB World Tour (comprising the five star Swatch FIVB Major Series, the five star event in Rome,

one to four star events and the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals), the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, as well as one double-gender age-

group FIVB U-21 Beach Volleyball World Championships

−− The 2017 FIVB World Tour will have 18 double gender events, two men’s only events and six women’s only events

−− With the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball international schedules featuring 19 men’s and 23 women’s events within the African, Asian, European, North American

and South American confederations, the FIVB international calendar will offer $6.35 million in prize money

−− The double-gender FIVB 3-star Qinzhou, China event to be held October 11-15, 2017 will be the first event on the 2018 FIVB World Tour schedule

−− The 2017 FIVB World Tour schedule includes four Swatch Major Series 5-star events, and the five -star event in Rome, the FIVB World Championships, the

Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals, three 4-star events, four 3-star events, four 2-star events and seven 1-star events

−− For the four Swatch FIVB Major Series events have been assigned total prize money of $600,000 each, Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals purse will be $800,000

and the FIVB World Championships will have a purse of $1 million

−− The FIVB 5-star event in Rome will have an assigned total prize money of $600,000 with the 4-star events having a $300,000 purse, 3-star double-gender

events having a $150,000 purse, 3-star single-gender events having a $100,000 purse, 2-star double-gender events having a $100,000 purse, 2-star single-

gender events having a $50,000 purse, 1-star double-gender events having a $20,000 purse and a 1-star single-gender event having a $10,000 purse

−− The new FIVB venues currently on this year’s FIVB World Tour schedule are Shepparton (Australia) (March 4-5), Selangor, Malaysia (April 15-16), Principality of

Monaco (June 17-18), Tangshan Jiangning (China) (June 16-18), Pacific Harbour (Fiji) (June 23-24), Nantong (China) (June 23-25), Daegu (Korea) (July 14-16),

Ulsan (Korea) (July 20-22), Agadir Beach, Morocco (July 21-23), Vienna, Austria (July 28-Aug. 6)

−− The Qinzhou (China) (Oct. 11-15, 2017) event will be part of the 2018 FIVB World Tour

−− For Olsztyn, Poland, this year will be the 16

th

men’s and 14

th

women’s FIVB World Tour events in Poland and this will be the 17

th

men’s and 11

th

women’s FIVB

World Tour events held in Germany

−− Gstaad has staged 16 FIVB women’s and 15 FIVB men’s beach volleyball events as well as hosting the FIVB World Championships in 2007 and while Vienna

will be hosting for the first time, this will be the 19

th

men’s and 15

th

women’s FIVB World Tour events in Austria as all previous events were held in Klagenfurt

which included the 2001 FIVB World Championships

−− For the United States, the season-opening Fort Lauderdale event will be the 17

th

men’s and 17

th

women’s event held in the USA

−− While Brazil has hosted the most FIVB World Tour events with 79 total entering 2017, Rio de Janeiro has hosted 17 men’s events and 10 women’s tournaments

including the 2003 FIVB World Championships

−− The first Swatch FIVB Major Series event on the 2017 schedule will be the $600,000 major in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA) (Feb. 7-12)

−− The third $800,000 Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals is scheduled to be held Aug. 22-27 at a location TBA in Canada following the successful inaugural event

in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA in 2015 and last year’s in Toronto, Canada. It will again feature the top eight teams in each gender from the 2016 FIVB World

Tour point standings along with two wild cards per gender.

−− Red Bull Media House has the exclusive distribution media rights for the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour for the third straight year

−− For the eighth straight year, the tour will exclusively use the Mikasa VLS 300 ball