London 2012

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Test Event in stunning surroundings

A bird's-eye view of the venue in Horse Guards Parade with Trafalgar Square to the right and Buckingham Palace towards the top left (photo courtesy of Julie Oakman (LOCOG))

London, Great Britain, August 3, 2011 – The venue for next week’s Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International, the test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games, is nearing completion in Horse Guards Parade in the UK capital.

As this stunning shot taken last weekend shows, the temporary 1,500 capacity stands are up around the main court as well as the two practice courts and training courts ready for the competition, which will run from August 9 to 14. Come 2012 the venue will be much larger with a 15,000 seat temporary stadium set to be erected.

The bird's-eye view of the venue in Horse Guards Parade sees Trafalgar Square to the right, St James' Park (which is where the training courts will be based during the Olympic Games) and Buckingham Palace towards the top left.

Next week’s event is already gaining attention in the UK and last Friday British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the site.

A number of world class teams will attend the competition in a week’s time, including 2009 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch world champions Americans Jen Kessy and April Ross as well as bronze medallists from the most recent World Championship and the Beijing Olympic Games China’s Chen Xue and Xi Zhang.

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