Volleyball stars shake off the cold with start of Snow Tour set to begin in 2017
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 14, 2016 – As temperatures continue to drop in the northern hemisphere, volleyball players are not letting the changing of the seasons deny them the chance to play their favourite sport.
In Europe the CEV Snow Volleyball Tour is set to make six stops at parts of Europe more famous for skiing and other snow-bound pursuits.
It is the second year in a row that the European confederation is organising such an event, which starts at the end of February in Spindleruv Mlyn in the Czech Republic. Disentis in the Swiss Alps, Kranjska Gora in Slovenia and the Snow Volleyball’s spiritual home of Wagrain-Kleinarl in Austria follow in March. Malbun in Liechtenstein and Kronplatz/Plan de Corones in Italy then complete the Tour in April.
The 2017 Tour at a glance:
• February 25-26 – Czech Republic, Spindleruv Mlýn
• March 11-12 – Switzerland, Disentis
• March 18-19 – Slovenia, Kranjska Gora
• March 25-26 – Austria, Wagrain-Kleinarl
• April 1-2 – Liechtenstein, Malbun
• April 8-9 – Italy, Kronplatz / Plan de Corones
The tournament is being organised by sports agency Chaka 2, who signed a memorandum of understanding with the FIVB during the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
Snow volleyball first came to prominence in the town of Wagrain, Austria in 2008. It was acknowledged as an official sport by the Austrian Volleyball Association in 2011 and since then, it has rapidly expanded in both size and popularity.
Earlier in 2016 a match was played in Russian Black Sea resort Sochi at an altitude of 2,320 metres, the highest that any form of volleyball has been played.
Volleyball Fans, a collective of amateur players in Moscow, ignored the plummeting temperatures outside to add something different to their training sessions.
In North America people’s volleyball passion continues to burn brightly despite the increasingly cold weather and Volleyball Canada has included Snow Volleyball as part of the Winterlude Festival that will take place for three days in the city of Gatineau in February.
Stars of the various Canadian national teams will be present and it looks like some people out there are already working on their snow-bound skills.