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In 2013, the FIVB will also offer eight Open tournaments, comprised of five double-gender
and two women-only tournaments. Over the course of the year more Open events could
be added to the schedule, ensuring that all five Confederations will host an FIVB event in
2013.
The revamped FIVB World Ranking system has been restructured as well to include
beach volleyball events at the international, continental and national level.
Truly a year of change, the 2013 season will feature numerous new teams with the sport
seeing several retirements and partner switches as preparations slowly begin for the 2016
Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. This year will see more than the normal swapping of team-
mates as many of the veteran players have either retired or will restrict their schedules to
playing primarily domestic events in 2013.
Two of the three men’s podium teams and two of the three women’s podium team in
last year’s Olympic Games have all ended their partnerships as have both the men and
women’s champions of the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
The revamped FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Tour will
offer a record $7.45 million
in prize money, up from
$7.3 million in 2012
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri
Walsh will be conspicuous by
their absence
USA’s Matt Fuerbringer and
Nick Lucena will be among
the top men’s pairs
China’s Chen Xue and
Xi Zhang will be back in 2013
Italy’s Daniele Lupo and Paolo
Nicolai will be hoping to build
on their Olympic success
World champions Alison Cerutti
and Emanuel Rego will be
looking to defend their title
in Stare Jablonki