It was a pleasure to be part of the 2013 FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Championships in Mazury.
I must salute the organisers, in particular the tournament
president Andrzej Dowgiallo, his son Tomasz and
tournament manager Daniel Blaszkiewicz as well as
the Polish Federation who have turned this event into
the biggest tournament in beach volleyball outside the
Olympic Games. As usual they put the players at the heart
of the event and the athletes in turn had only good things
to say about the organisation.
Off the court, the grounds were filled with people enjoying
themselves while taking in the top class beach volleyball
action. It was wonderful to see high level sport being
experienced in such a fashion.
Poland loves this sport and after hosting the inaugural FIVB
U23 Beach Volleyball World Championships this year, we
can now look forward to the men’s FIVB Volleyball World
Championship to be held in the country in 2014.
On the court, we saw two new sets of world champions
and two more countries to win a major title.
China’s Chen Xue and Zhang Xi have pushed hard to
win a major gold medal for many years and while they
started tentatively, their eventual comeback was one of
the highlights of the week.
In the men’s competition, Robert Meeuwsen and
Alexander Brouwer came from nowhere to beat one of
the most decorated players in beach volleyball, Ricardo
Santos, and Alvaro Filho, one of the most promising young
players in the sport. The two Dutchmen showed nerves of
steel to win and other teams will now look on them with
a new level of respect.
While in Poland I spoke with all manner of stakeholders,
including the players. Their feedback is always gratefully
received and will be taken into account whenever the
organisation of beach volleyball is being debated.
Our new sponsors Honda were very involved in this beach
volleyball tournament and they contributed greatly to the
overall pleasurable experience of the event.
The 2013 Beach Volleyball World Championships in
Mazury showed that with thorough and professional
organisation there are no limits to what beach volleyball
can achieve. After Rome 2011 another level has been set
for the event and beach volleyball can look to the future
with great confidence and optimism.
07 / 2013
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Championships trophy was held high
by the Dutch and Chinese in 2013.
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