Beach volleyball is on the verge of dramatic
change. “The Beach Volleyball Continental
Cup opened the eyes of many administrators
and players for the first time to what can be
achieved with vision, great organisation and
determination,” said FIVB President Dr. Ary S.
Graça F° in his end of year message.
Top of the bill this year will be the FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Championships in Stare Jablonki, Poland from July 1-7, although
one of the first events of the season will be the World Cup Final in
Brazil.. The World Cup Final brings to a close the incredibly successful
first Continental Cup cycle, featuring the continental champions and
countries who qualified teams to the Olympic Games.
The success of the Continental Cup, which involved 149 countries
over a two-year period, has encouraged many national federations to
participate in other FIVB events, setting the stage for a memorable year
for the World Tour in 2013. Peru, Qatar and Uganda are expected to
host FIVB Open events for the first time, while USA could be welcomed
back for the first time since 2004 as part of a calendar likely to cover
nine months (March to December) and all five confederations.
A new Under 23 World Championship will also be launched in
alongside the traditional U21 and U19 events in order to
give opportunities to the growing number of young players on the
international circuit. A change of scene for beach volleyball in 2013,
which certainly bodes well for a very bright future for the sport for
many years ahead.
The victorious Russian women’s squad
at last year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Cup Olympic Qualification Tournament
Top of the bill this year will be the FIVB
Beach Volleyball World Championships
in Stare Jablonki, Poland from July 1-7
China’s Wang Fan serves during the
World Cup Olympic Qualification
Tournament in Moscow
The World Cup Final in Brazil will be one of
the opening events of the year
The Continental Cup opened the
eyes of many administrators and
players for the first time to what
can be achieved’