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FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL
PROPERTIES
Every year the FIVB puts on top class events
showcasing the best in both men’s and women’s
beach volleyball around the world.
FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour
The FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour was first
organised in 1989 with just three participating countries
(Brazil, Japan and Italy). It is now in its 24
th
season and
will feature nine Grand Slams for the first time in its history
with approximately 51 participating countries, more than
1,500 active registered athletes and over $7.40m in prize
money. The World Tour is an annual series of international
beach volleyball tournaments with men and women’s
competitions (Grand Slam and Open) sanctioned by the
FIVB and promoted by the FIVB and its organisers. The
2012 calendar began in April in Brazil before finishing in
Thailand in October.
FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World
Championships
Staged every two years, the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH
World Championships feature the brightest stars of the FIVB
Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour, with 48 teams in
each gender taking part. The FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH
World Championships Rome 2011 powered by smart took
place in the Italian capital from June 13 to 19 with total
prize money of $1 million won by Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta
Da Silva and Larissa França in the women’s competition
and compatriots Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti in the
men’s contest. The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Championships will take place in Stare Jablonki, Poland.