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