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2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships assigned to the Netherlands

A traditional stop of the FIVB SWATCH World Tour, The Hague will be one of four Dutch cities to host the FIVB's premier beach volleyball event in 2015

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 22, 2012 – The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) is pleased to announce that the the Netherlands Volleyball Federation (Nevobo) has been appointed as host of the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.

Nevobo was confirmed as host of the 10th edition of the FIVB’s premier beach volleyball event by the FIVB Board of Administration at its meeting earlier this week after a year-long bidding process which involved up to five countries.

The 2015 FIVB SWATCH Beach Volleyball World Championships, tentatively scheduled for June/July, will be held in four Dutch cities - The Hague, Amsterdam, Apeldoorn and one city to be confirmed - for the first time in the tournament’s history. But equally as important is the development initiative surrounding the bid with schools, local authorities and clubs also involved.
“The bid from the Netherlands Volleyball Federation was very impressive with innovation and a keen focus on development the key behind ensuring the continued success of the FIVB’s leading beach volleyball event,” FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission president Dr Ary Graça said. "Following last year’s superb World Championships in Rome, we are looking forward to a trifecta of top class editions with Poland in 2013 and now Netherlands in place on the eve of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.”

"I am very happy and proud that the World Championships of 2015 are appointed to us,” Nevobo Sports managing director Michel Everaert said. "Composing our bid, we have thankfully used the knowledge and experience of our organisation and other sport federations in our country.”

“It is the first time that a FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships will be a country event and not only a city event,” FIVB Beach Volleyball Department director Angelo Squeo said. “The FIVB and the organisers are determined to implement a very unique event to combine top class competition with a powerful development program and transfer of knowledge to all national federations.”

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships are a highlight on the FIVB SWATCH World Tour. Having started as a men’s only event from 1987 to 1991, the first edition in its current double-gender format was in 1997 and since then has become the most prestigious beach volleyball event, held every two years, outside of the Olympic Games.

The most recent edition was held in Rome in 2011 with Brazil’s Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti, and Larissa Fraça and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva topping both the men’s and women’s podium respectively. Poland’s Stare Jablonki will host the next edition in August, 2013.

Although The Hague, which had been a regular stop as an Open event on the FIVB SWATCH World Tour since 2009, won’t appear in 2012 because it is part of the European calendar, it does plan to rejoin the tour as a Grand Slam in 2014 and 2016.


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