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Beach Volleyball Continental Cup and World Cup workshop

FIVB 1st executive vice-president Cristobal Marte opened the meeting by complimenting each of the FIVB Confederations for a successful first edition of the Continental Cup

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 6, 2012 - An FIVB Continental Cup and World Cup workshop was held at the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland on Tuesday.

The workshop, with participants from the FIVB Confederations, reviewed the outstanding success of the first edition of the Continental Cup, which was an Olympic qualification event ran from 2010 to 2012, featuring 143 countries in 71 tournaments with a total of 54 organisers.

"The Continental Cup was a great success but now we must make further improvements for the next edition," FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission President Vicente Araujo told the members. "The Continental Cup allowed new countries to play and try and qualify for the Olympic Games, that is the key. Now we can build on that to make the tournament even more of a success in the second edition."

The Continental Cup qualified each of the continental champions to the Olympic Games with the runners up playing off for two more vacancies at the World Cup Olympic Qualification tournament, which took place in Moscow, Russia.

Key points to come out of the workshop were that the country v country format was well perceived and easily understood however consistency in the format of each confederation's tournament needed to be improved.

The next edition of the Continental Cup is expected to start in 2014.

A preview of the Beach Volleyball World Cup Final, which will take place in Brazil from January 9 to 13 next year was also provided.  The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final, which will determine the champion country from the Continental Cup, will feature 10 countries per gender represented by one team each. Prize money of $150,000 per gender is on offer to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final participants.

The 10 countries will include the winners of each of the Continental Cup Finals and the national federations who qualified a maximum two teams at the 2012 Olympic Games via the Olympic rankings. If the 10 vacancies were not filled with these criteria, the best country on the 2012 Olympic Games rankings not already qualified will participate.

The FIVB World Cup Final completes a three year process, which started with the Continental Cup - which ran from 2010 to 2012 as a London Olympic Games qualifying event - and included the FIVB World Cup Olympic Qualification in Moscow, Russia in June, 2012, which also qualified teams for the London Olympics. 

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