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The Beach Volleyball Continental Cup provided a total of seven
tickets per gender to the 2012 Olympic Games in London,
breaking the trend of previous Games where the complete
Olympic quota of 23 teams (plus host nation) was determined
only via the World Tour rankings.
Instead, 143 countries participated in the Olympic qualification
process which ran from 2010 to 2012 across 71 tournaments and 54
organising federations. Remarkable numbers which have set the tone
for the next edition which is expected to get underway in 2014.
Such was the success of the Continental Cup that it has changed the
philosophy of the international beach volleyball season for 2013 and
beyond with new organisers and a record number of tournaments
including many new ones, all with the aim of giving more players
around the world the chance to play at the top level.
BEACHVOLLEYBALL
CONTINENTAL CUP
Costa Rica’s Marcelo Araya in action during the NORCECA
Continental Cup competition
Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands (facing) spikes against Norway’s
Martin Spinnangr in the CEV men’s final in Alanya, Turkey
CONTINENTAL CUP OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS
Via
Men
Women
CAVB
South Africa
Mauritius
CSV
Venezuela
Argentina
NORCECA Canada
Canada
AVC
Japan
Australia
CEV
Norway
Russia
*
Qualification
Tournament
Austria
Russia
Netherlands
Russia
*
Winners and runners-up from the five Continental Cup competitions took part
The Mozambique
squad looking happy
despite finishing third
in the CAVB women’s
Continental Cup
competition and just
missing out on Olympic
qualification
REVIEW 2012
FIVB WORLD TOUR & CONTINENTAL CUP