Continental Cup returns with renewed vigour
On its second run, the Continental Cup further strengthens the universality of beach volleyball and is a chance for more teams and athletes to play towards the Olympic Games. Through the active participation of the national federations in the inaugural Continental Cup, beach volleyball athletes now have the perfect setting in which to compete with the top teams in the world.
“The Continental Cup complements the structure of the FIVB and continental beach volleyball events,” Dr. Graça said. “Its unbiased format likewise boosts most of the national federations’ morale to reach their Olympic dreams. We have seen many teams rise up to the occasion of playing and enduring a unique competition format for the Continental Cup. It is indeed inspiring to see other countries compete in such a high-level competition.”
The FIVB has helped to make beach volleyball one of the most popular summer Olympic sports. Now, the International Volleyball Federation is making it possible for a greater variety of countries to participate in the much-anticipated quadrennial event.
“We imagined the Continental Cup as a way to help national federations get a spot in the Olympics, in the process of developing their beach volleyball programmes over a three-year period,” Dr. Graça added. “In terms of acceptance, the FIVB has received positive evaluations from the national federations. Of course, we will continue to improve the process so that all stakeholders will be well served.”
The FIVB has always produced ground-breaking results for beach volleyball, from elevating its status as a global sport to expanding its base of practitioners and increasing the level of competitions each year. The Continental Cup is part of this growth and solidifies collaboration between the FIVB and the national federations.
“I believe that with the national federations’ active participation in the Continental Cup, we will be able to see a more balanced competition in the future,” Dr. Graça said. “Sharing the same vision will produce better results. That is what we want the national federations to do, and we are there every step of the way to help them.”