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Only 100 days to go to 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing

 
Beach volleyball will make its debut at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games

Nanjing, China, May 8, 2014 - The 100-day countdown to the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing begins on Thursday. The competition, which takes place from August 16 to 28, will see young athletes from across the world gather in China, including beach volleyball’s rising stars.

The Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing will encompass all 28 sports on the Olympic programme. Beach volleyball will make its competition debut in 2014, with 36 places for both boys and girls made available. While just volleyball made it to the list of sports for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, 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 Nanjing games will only feature beach volleyball.

To be eligible for the Youth Olympic Games, athletes must be born between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 1999. The addition of beach volleyball to the programme of the Summer Youth Olympic Games comes in the same year as the introduction of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U17 Championships, which will pit the world’s best players in this age group against each other in 2014.

Age-group World Championships provide an amazing opportunity for athletes to test themselves against the best in the world in their own age group. Along with the U17, U19 and U21 World Championships, the FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission also introduced the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships in 2013.

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° said: “When I was elected FIVB President, I knew it was important for everyone to share a common vision and set of goals, including giving players more opportunities for competition and ensuring the development of our sport. The addition of beach volleyball to the programme of the Summer Youth Olympic Games takes place in the same year as the introduction of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U17 Championships and will help us to advance our vision and goals.”



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