ERTIESRIO 2016 dEVELOPMENT MEDICAL RECORDS HISTORY STRUCTURE
Beach volleyball features a packed calendar
of events, catering to all levels of the sport.
With the 2017 World Tour comprising the
Major Series, a schedule of one to five
star events, the World Tour Finals and the
highlight of the season - The FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Championships – this year
promises to be beach volleyball’s best yet.
FIVB Beach Volleyball
The FIVBWorld Tour which was first established in 1989
with the FIVB World Series, has grown exponentially
over the years and now takes in nine months of the year
with tournaments in four of the five confederations.
This year’s international beach volleyball schedule
features the introduction of the FIVB’s new five-star
structure for the FIVB World Tour from 2017 and
onwards, which will see all events on the tour assigned
a star rating between one and five. Five and four star
will be the highest level elite events while three, two
and one star events are designed to develop the sport
in as many regions of the world as possible.
Highlighted by the FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Championships, this year’s FIVB World Tour will once
again feature the Swatch Major Series (all five star
events) as well as the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB
World Tour Finals. The 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball
Calendar, which begins in the United States in February
2017 on Fort Lauderdale Beach in south Florida,
features $6.35 million in prize money.
Established in 2015 the World Tour Finals comes at
the end of the season and pits the best 10 in the
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour rankings along with
two wildcards, one picked by the host nation and the
other by the FIVB. At the 2016 World Tour Finals, held
in Toronto, Canada. Olympic gold medallists Alison
Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt along with their female
counterparts, Laura Ludwig and Kiera Walkenhorst,
validated their Olympic wins with victory at the World
Tour Finals as well.
The 2017 World Tour Finals will be held in Hamburg,
Germany this year, only this time with a total prize
money of US$ 800,000.
FIVB Beach Volleyball
Every two years the leading men’s and women’s teams
face off to be crowned world champions and do so in
increasingly harder-fought competitions that feature 48
teams per gender from across all five confederations
played across 208 matches.
The 11th edition is set to continue the grand tradition
with two courts built on an island in the River Danube as
the Austria’s capital Vienna welcomes the world of beach
volleyball from July 28-August 6, 2017 to compete for a
total prizemoney of US$ 1million. At the heart of the event
will be the state-of-the-art venue, a spectacular stadium
on Donauinsel island in Vienna. This will be surrounded by
a Beach Village offering public viewing and exhibitions for
fans. In the evening, the venue will transform into an event
area, which will entertain guests with beach party nights
and other evening events as part of the FIVB’s commitment
to deliver an innovative and engaging entertainment
spectacle as well as a sporting event.
The Netherlands 2015 took the tournament to four venues
– The Hague, Amsterdam, Apeldoorn and Rotterdam –
with all four providing stunning backdrops and full stands
of fans roaring on their favourite teams. It also went down
in history for some remarkable innovations including the
first use of the challenge system.
It was a decidedly Brazilian affair at the 2015 FIVB
Beach Volleyball World Championships as they occupied
five of the six podium positions in the women’s and
men’s tournaments. Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt won
the men’s gold beating home duo Reinder Nummerdor/
Christiaan Vernhorst in the final, with fellow Brazilian
Pedro Solberg/Evandro Goncalves claiming bronze. It
was full domination by Brazil on the women’s podium,
with Barbara Seixas/Agatha Bednarczuk claiming the
gold, followed by Taiana Lima/Fernanda Alves for silver
and Juliana Felisberta Silva/Maria Antonelli for bronze.