Road to Nanjing almost complete for Youth Olympic hopefuls
The Turkish Volleyball Federation is looking forward to hosting the 2014 CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final in Antalya|
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 12, 2014 – With less than 100 days until the start of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games the final qualifiers will be decided over the next seven days.
The European Confederation, CEV, hosts the 2014 CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final in Antalya in Turkey from May 15-17, while the final South American, CSV tournament takes place in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires from May 16-19.
For the CEV tournament the Turkish Volleyball Federation and local authorities have constructed a new beach volleyball facility in Antalya from where six men’s and six women’s teams will qualify for the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games, which run from August 16 to 28 and from which they hope to develop further generations of players.
Turkish player Esra Betul Cetin who participated in the recent CEV Beach Volleyball Satellite Antalya tournament said, “I started playing beach volleyball one year ago. As we are the host country we have prepared for this tournament really hard. I hope I will be a Turkish national beach volleyball team player for a long time.”
In total 18 teams in each gender will be divided into six pools for the first round, with the pool winners progressing to the second elimination round. The second and third place teams will play in the first elimination round and then play in the second elimination round. The winners of the second elimination round matches will be the ones who make it through to Nanjing.
“We are really excited and proud to host this Youth Continental Cup Final in Turkey,” competition director Emel Ozturk said. “I wish the best of luck to the participating teams.”
Brazilian men Arthur Lanci and Geroge Souto and women Andressa Ramalho and Paula Hoffman recently won the most recent South American tournament, in Peru’s capital Lima and their country leads the qualifying standings in both genders.
The sixth and final qualifying stage will be played in Buenos Aires, Argentina from May 16 to 19, 2014, with six men’s and women’s teams booking their places in Nanjing.
1 - Brazil
2 - Venezuela
3 - Uruguay
4 - Argentina
5 - Paraguay
6 – Peru
Rwanda’s women and Sierra Leone’s men left victorious from the CAVB Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games qualifying tournament, as they and five other teams per gender booked their place in China.
The tournament took place in Accra, Ghana and Sierra Leone defeated the hosts in the boys final, 2-1 (16-21, 21-16, 15-11). In the girl’s tournament Rwanda defeated Namibia 2-1 (17-21, 21-19, 19-17).
Burundi’s men pulled off a 2-0 (21-18, 21-14) victory over Congo to win the bronze medal, while Sierra Leone completed the women’s podium by beating Ghana 2-1 (11-21, 21-15, 15-10) in the bronze medal match.
Six teams per gender per confederation have qualified for the Games that run from August 16-28; Rwanda, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and Congo will represent CAVB in the women’s tournament, while Sierra Leone, Ghana, Burundi, Congo, Nigeria and Rwanda will compete in the men’s competition.
The Asian confederation wrapped up their qualification at a tournament at Khanom Beach, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand from April 4-6
The tournament began with a round-robin pool phase followed by a single elimination format from which the top six national federations per gender will qualify.
Boys and girls teams representing Kazakhstan, Thailand and Indonesia all qualified, while boys’ teams from Iran, Sri Lanka and New Zealand and girls’ teams from Vietnam, Australia and Chinese Taipei also made it to Nanjing 2014.
The final NORCECA qualifying tournament took place in Carolina, Puerto Rico in April and means that the qualifiers break down as follows.
In the girls’ competition teams have qualified from Canada, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States, while in the boys’ there will be teams from Canada, Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St Vincent and the USA.