Beach Volleyball to hit the sands of Phuket in October
Phuket, Thailand, August 27, 2013 – Karon beach in Phuket, Thailand is gearing up to host the penultimate Open event on the 2013 beach volleyball calendar. Details of the event were officially launched at a press conference, held today at the Westin Grande Hotel in Bangkok.
In total there were 80 members of the media attending the press conference, which included 22 TV channels (free TV and cable channels), eight national newspapers, three radio stations and representatives from magazines and the electronic media. Also attending the conference were Thailand’s top three women beach volleyball teams and their coaches as well as sponsors of the tournament.
This will be the eighth successive year that Thailand has staged an Open series women’s event on the FIVB calendar.
The US$110,000 Phuket Thailand Open powered by PTT, which is organised by Pentangle Promotions Co., Ltd and the Thailand Volleyball Association will be held from October 29 to November 3. The Phuket Thailand Open powered by PTT is the biggest annual beach sporting event in South East Asia and Thai beach volleyball fans will be able to watch over 50 of the world’s top women’s beach volleyball teams in action on Karon beach. Admission to the tournament is free.
To date 42 teams from 21 countries have committed to the tournament. Countries who have entered are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Columbia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Paraguay, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Vanuatu, Venezuela and Thailand.
Thailand as host country is allowed two slots in the main draw, with an addition slot available for a wild card entry.
The Phuket Thailand Open powered by PTT will be played over six days of competition with the qualifying rounds played on Tuesday, October 29 followed by two days of pool play between the main draw on October 30 and 31. The final three days of the tournament will be played using a single elimination format, with the semi-finals being played on Saturday, November 2 and the finals on Sunday, November 3.
The semi-finals on Saturday November 2 and the finals on Sunday November 3 will be broadcast on TV in Thailand and internationally to over 700,000,000 households worldwide.