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Double the fun for France, Russia and Germany on road to Nanjing

Nine teams qualified for Nanjing following the final qualifying tournament

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 20, 2014 – The French, Russian and German delegations were able to celebrate double qualification for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games following the conclusion of the year-long CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup.

The tournament drew to a close in Turkey at the TVF Mediterranean University Beach Volleyball Centre on May 16 and 17 with 18 teams per gender fighting for a place in China.

each volleyball is appearing in the Youth Olympic Games for the first time. It is the second edition of the Games and will run from August 16-28. 

Due to a national day of mourning after the coal mine tragedy in Turkey, the matches in Antalya had to be rescheduled from a three-day to a two-day time span and the 14 matches per gender that were supposed to determine the cup and medal winners were cancelled.  

Germany’s pairs of Sarah Schneider and Leonie Welsch in women’s and Niklas Rudolf and Eric Stadie in the men’s were the first teams to qualify for Nanjing and they were soon followed by the French pairings of Helena Cazaute and Aline Chamereau and men's team Arnaud Loiseau and Arnaud Gauthier-Rat.

Russia’s two pairings are U18 women’s European champions Daria Rudykh and Nadezda Makroguzova and the 2013 U18 men’s European champions Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin. 

Completing the six women’s teams to qualify for Nanjing are Italy’s Irene Enzo and Michela Lantignotti, Katerina Valkova and Kristyna Adamcikova of the Czech Republic and the Turkish pair Esra Betul Cetin and Selin Yurtsever who were roared to success by the home fans in Antalya.

In the men’s tournament Ukraine’s Oleh Plotnytskyi and Illia Kovalov, Finland’s Miro Maattanen and Santeri Siren and Dominik Kmiecik and Jakub Macura of Poland were the other three teams to book a place in Nanjing. 

The CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup began on June 1, 2013 and ran over eight zonal tournaments which determined the line-up Antalya.

In total 163 matches took place across nine different countries and appropriately nine different national federations earned the right to represent Europe at the Youth Olympics.  


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