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Paraná hosts next stop on World Tour circuit

Paraná, Argentina, October 27, 2014 - The next stop on the 2014 FIVB World Tour circuit is the double-gender US$150,000 FIVB Paraná Open, which will take place at the Thompson Resort in Paraná, Argentina from October 28 - November 2. With only three stages remaining following the stop in Argentina, the competition offers one of the last chances for teams to improve their standing in the World Tour ranking.

Paraná will host its first World Tour tournament as international beach volleyball returns to Argentina for the second year in a row. Corrientes hosted the second Grand Slam event of 2013 with Latvia’s Smedins and Samoilovs clinching the men’s gold and Dutch duo Madelein Meppelink and Sophie van Gestel winning the women’s competition. Argentina is no stranger to the World Tour as Mar del Plata also held Open events in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Argentina will enter six teams in each gender of the Main Draw. The tournament will include a total of 32 teams - 24 that qualify directly from World Rankings and eight from qualification matches.

The Argentine city of Paraná officially launched the sixth Open of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2014 at the National Tourism Ministry headquarters on October 16. Representing FeVA were the Competition Director Andres Soriano, the General Supervisor and 2001 FIVB Beach Volleyball world champion Mariano Baracetti and the Press Director Martin De Rose.

For Mariano Baracetti, the tournament will provide a great opportunity for fans to see top-quality beach volleyball: "It is a dream that Argentina keeps being part of the World Calendar,” he said. “It is very important for our players, for the country and for the world. Here we generate a lot of expectation around the athletes, who want to keep growing. Argentina keeps working day after day with its coaching teams and beach volleyball players.

More information about the FIVB Paraná Open is available here.

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