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China to host women’s 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball Xiamen Open

Like in Fuzhou, the local fans will hope for a Chinese victory when comes the Xiamen Open in October
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 30, 2013 - Continuing to expand on the scope and reach of international professional beach volleyball, the FIVB announced that Xiamen, China will host one of the two women’s only Open tournaments on the beach volleyball calendar for 2013.

The 2013 Xiamen Open – that will be held from October 23 to 27 – will be presented under the new tournament structure.

China has hosted over 23 women’s and 14 men’s tournament on the FIVB World Tour but this will be the first visit for an FIVB international beach volleyball event in Xiamen. This event in Xiamen is one of four FIVB international events being held in China in 2013. The first 2013 FIVB Open tournament was held in Fuzhou on April 23 to 28 followed by the Shanghai Grand Slam, which took place from April 30 to May 5. The Beijing Grand Slam is scheduled to take place from October 2 to 6.

With a guaranteed purse of US$75,000, the bonus pool will push the total purse for the event to nearly $120,000.

As part of a new development strategy focusing on the current Olympic cycle, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Council decided that FIVB Beach Volleyball Opens would no longer be part of the World Tour in 2013, putting in place an intermediate property that provides more opportunities for athletes worldwide to play.

With a total of seven FIVB Beach Volleyball Opens currently on the 2013 calendar comprising five double-gender and two women-only tournaments, there are numerous possibilities for athletes to compete in high quality, international competition.

Xiamen, also known as Amoy, is a major city on the southeast (Taiwan Strait) coast of the People's Republic of China. It is administered as a sub-provincial city of Fujian province with an area of 1,699.39 square kilometers (656.14 square miles) and a population of 3.67 million. Its built up area is now bigger than the old urban island area and covers all six districts of Xiamen (Huli, Siming, Jimei, Tong'an, Haicang and recently Xiang'an). It borders Quanzhou to the north and Zhangzhou making this a unique built up area of more than five million people. The Jinmen (Kinmen) Islands administered by the Republic of China (Taiwan) are less than 10 kilometers (6.2miles) away.

Xiamen was a treaty port in the 19th century and one of the four original Special Economic Zones opened to foreign investment and trade when China began economic reforms in the early 1980s. In 2006, Xiamen was ranked as China's second "most suitable city for living", as well as China's "most romantic leisure city" in 2011.

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