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Preview 2014 - Continental Cup set to make Rio dreams come true

Elodie Li Yuk Lo and Mauritius made their Olympic Games debut in beach volleyball thanks to the Continental Cup

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 8, 2014 – The FIVB’s ground breaking beach volleyball tournament symbolising playing opportunity and Olympic dreams will return in 2014 when the second edition of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup begins.

The first beach volleyball qualification tournament for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games will run from 2014 through to 2016 with the five continental winners all booking a ticket to Rio with two more vacancies available at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup.

The actual calendars for the individual confederations are expected to be announced in the coming months however already many significant improvements have been confirmed for the second edition especially in terms of terminology.

Beach Volleyball Continental Cup titles
AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup
CAVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup
CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup
CSV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup
NORCECA Beach Volleyball Continental Cup
FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup (formerly FIVB World Cup Olympic Qualification)
FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final (formerly FIVB World Cup Final)

Leading sides (1-3 ranked countries in AVC, 1-8 in CEV and NORCECA, CAVB and CSV no restrictions) will not participate during the sub-zonal phase of the competition and those teams in the tentative Rio de Janeiro 2016 qualification places in the FIVB Olympic Ranking in 2016 will not compete in the semifinals and final phase.

Confederations will involve a minimum of 60 percent of their affiliated national federations and each stage of the tournament will be mirrored across the Confederations. 

As per the first edition, each country’s delegation will consist of two pairs competing in a team-style competition in which countries, rather than pairings are represented. The competition starts with a sub-zonal phase ahead of the zonal phase before the competition moves on to continental semifinals and finals.

The Beach Volleyball Continental Cup was formulated by FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° in 2008 during his time as head of the beach volleyball commission. The intention was to provide further competition for developing nations and give opportunities for players and officials to further their understanding of the sport. 

The first edition of the Continental Cup ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games, which saw 143 countries participate with 71 tournaments staged courtesy of 54 organisers. resulted in places for teams from Venezuela and Argentina, Japan and Australia, Norway and Russia, South Africa and Mauritius and a male and female Canadian team. Russia (men and women), Austria (men) and the Netherlands (women) also booked places through the FIVB World Cup Olympic Qualification (now called FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup.

There were some thrilling conclusions to matches as teams battled hard to earn a place in London. 

History Maker

Most notably Australia’s Sydney 2000 gold medallist Natalie Cook made history as the first beach volleyball player to compete at five Olympic Games and in every edition since beach volleyball was added to the Olympic programme at Atlanta 1996 after she had helped Australia’s women win the AVC Asian Continental Cup.  

In 2012 Venezuela's Igor Hernandez and Jesus Villafane and Mauritius' Natacha Rigobert and Elodie Li Yuk Lo were two of the winning teams that ensured their countries made their Olympic debuts in London. 

FIVB Beach Volleyball Cup Final (formerly World Cup Finals)

The winning countries of each Continental Cup are later invited to the FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final (formerly FIVB World Cup Final) following the Olympic Games. At the inaugural competition in 2013 in Campinas, Brazil, local pairings Talita Antunes and Maria Antonelli and Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego claimed gold. 

The benefits to the development of beach volleyball continued at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, Mazury 2013 when Vanuatu’s Elwin Miller and Henriette Iatika made up for narrowly missing out on the London Olympics be making their World Championships debut, where they reached the knockout rounds.

In total there were four men’s team and three women’s teams who competed at the World Championships, who had gone through the Continental Cup. 


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