Lausanne, 06 February 2006 – The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) is pleased to support the sixth “Coop Rappi Beach” event to be held on the shores of Lake Zurich. The exhibition event, organised in conjunction with Swiss Volley, will be held in the lakeside town of Rapperswil from 21 to 23 July 2006.
Rapperswil lies at the opposite end of lake Zurich to the financial powerhouse that gave the lake its name. It is also a stone’s throw from the lakeside community of Jona, which, together with Lausanne, was the first Swiss location to hold a Beach Volleyball event back in 1990. Ever since, the area has been a training ground for Beach Volleyball in Switzerland and has undoubtedly helped to develop the sport to its current high level, riding on the wave of success triggered by the bronze medal victory of the country’s men pairing, Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel, at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
The sixth “Coop Rappi Beach” event will see six international men’s and women’s teams participate in an invitational tournament. The women’s tournament will take place from Friday 21 July to Saturday 22 July and the men’s tournament from Saturday 22 July to Sunday 23 July. The centre court in Rapperswil’s municipal park will also stage the semi-final and final matches of the Junior Masters tournament for under 15s, under 18s and under 21s, which will be held in neighbouring Jona.
The popular tournament, which attracts thousands of spectators every year, is organised by beachvolley.org, an organisation dedicated to the regional development of Beach Volleyball which already organises its own successful “Beach Tours” in the region. As befits any Beach Volleyball competition, the organisers are offering an attractive programme of side activities such as a climbing wall, wakeboarding and, more importantly, free entrance.