Beach Volleyball’s year of change
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 4, 2012 – Following the recent FIVB Executive Committee, beach volleyball is on the verge of major change. A new philosophy and a new direction under FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° is set to change the shape of international beach volleyball for years to come, starting with 2013.
Stare Jablonki has the honour of following in Rome's shoes in staging the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in 2013|
“The Beach Volleyball Continental Cup opened the eyes of many administrators and players for the first time to what can be achieved with vision, great organisation and determination. This example can now be used in other areas of our work,” President Graça said in his end of year message. “We have already expressed a new philosophy for beach volleyball in 2013 with the season promising to feature a record number of tournaments - a true year-long season - with new host countries. This is all due to the fact that we now have the opportunity to be open-minded and entertain new ideas.”
Just like volleyball, beach volleyball boasts an exciting 2013 calendar.
Although the precise calendar is expected to be confirmed later in January, this year’s action will definitely headlined by the FIVB Beach Volleyball Championships to be held in Stare Jablonki, Poland from July 1-7. The biennial event will see the crème-de-la-crème of international volleyball battling it out for the premier title in international beach volleyball. After the last edition in Rome in 2013, all eyes are on Stare Jablonki – a regular Grand Slam event – to see how far they can raise the bar to another level. Some of the star teams from 2012 will no longer be with us but that will not diminish what is the pinnacle for many.
The beach volleyball season will start with the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final, which is due to be held in the first part of the year in Brazil. The World Cup Final brings to a close the incredible successful first Continental Cup cycle, featuring the Continental champions and countries who qualified to teams to the Olympic Games.
Although this completes the first edition of the Continental Cup it will also kick start another exciting FIVB beach volleyball season with the World Tour set to capitalise on the tremendous momentum of the past year. The new approach by the FIVB World Tour Council will create new opportunities for players through a potentially record-breaking FIVB beach volleyball calendar in 2013. This will come partially from a reduction in approval criteria for FIVB Open events.
Starting in 2013, Grand Slams will be clearly established as the core events while the number of Open events will be expanded, giving teams more opportunities and options to participate. New countries, such as Peru, Qatar and Uganda, are expected to host FIVB Open events for the first time while USA could potentially be welcomed back for the first time since 2004 as part of a calendar likely to cover nine months of the year (March to December) and all five confederations. The success of the Continental Cup, which involved 149 countries over the two year programme, has encouraged many national federations to participate in other FIVB events setting things up for a landmark year for the World Tour in 2013.
Just like volleyball, a new Under 23 World Championship will also be launched in 2013 alongside the traditional Under 21 and Under 19 events in order to give opportunities to the growing number of players on the international circuit.
A change of scene for beach volleyball in 2013, which certainly bodes well for a very bright future for the sport for many years ahead.
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- FIVB U19 World Championships in Porto move into knockout phase
- USA’s DeFalco/Richard bounce back to move into second round in Porto
- 16 Men’s teams still standing Friday at FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam
- Puerto Rico and Paraguay girls into last 16 at the U19 World Championships
- Women’s final four ready for Saturday’s finale at FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam
- Venezuela tops the pool with swinging beach volleyball at the U19
- Caps, cake and first place for the McNamara twins
- Early pool winners at the FIVB U19 World Championships
- Big game ahead for France and Argentina in pool C
- Brazil’s Arthur and George Wanderley love the art of beach volleyball
- Women’s field set for round of 16, quarterfinals at FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam
- Men’s pool play nets 12 undefeated teams at FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam
- Early birthday present for Brazil’s Eduarda at the U19 in Porto
- World Grand Prix 'Match of the week' programme focuses on Turkey-Russia
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- Gamova changes her mind, joins Russian national team for World Championship
- José Jardim, a promising player on and off the sand
- Top teams on track on the opening day of the U19 World Championships
- Perfect start for German and Russian girls at the U19 in Porto
- Venezuela takes early pool lead at the U19 World Championships
- Eleven unbeaten teams in women’s main draw at FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam
- Eight teams earn men’s main draw spots at FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam
- Lucky losers from Lithuania happy with second chance at the U19 in Porto
- Statistical preview: Brazil begin quest for tenth World Grand Prix title
- FIVB Men's World Championship draws near
- Eight qualifiers and six lucky losers into U19 World Championships main draw
- Welsch/Bieneck into U19 main draw with a little help from ‘big sis’ Victoria
- Eight teams advance to women’s main draw at FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam
- Australia’s Guehrer and Hunter take first stepping-stone at U19
- Vlado Nikolov returns to the fold for World Championships
- Iconic $800,000 FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam starts in Austria
- “Jenny” Lang Ping: a legendary wanderer between worlds
- World Grand Prix Week 2: Big twelve begin title chase
- Puerto Rico: “Soto-Man” makes experience count
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- Medal winners return to Porto for the U19 World Championships
- Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Bulgaria assume early pool leadership in World Grand Prix
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour update after 11 events
- Elisa Togut looks ahead to Women's World Championship
- Social Timeline: Golden fun in the Long Beach sun
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- Historic success for Mexico
- USA’s Dalhausser & Rosenthal net third 2014 World Tour gold
- Ross/Walsh Jennings capture women’s gold on home sand
- Back-to-back Larnaka gold for Poland’s Bryl and Kujawiak
- Four European teams keep spotless win-records in World Grand Prix
- Brazil to battle USA Sunday for Long Beach women’s gold
- Men’s Long Beach final between Poland, USA
- U21 World Championships in Larnaka down to last eight