Jefferson/Cherif ready for Kish Island Open
Qatar will also be fielding a second team consisting of Julio De Nacimento and Ahmad Tijan as the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour heads to Iran for the first time.
“Being an Olympic year, we’re taking all events seriously. The Kish Island Open is the first of the many events in which we’ll be fielding our teams,” said Qatar Volleyball Association General Secretary Mohammed Ali Al Mohannadi, who is in charge of beach volleyball at the Qatar Volleyball Association.
Jefferson and Cherif have been in good form recently, winning national tour events at the Al Gharafa courts in Qatar. In 2015, they reached the quarterfinals of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in the Netherlands, when they lost to Nicholas Lucena and Theodore Brunner of the United States.
The Kish Island event is the first of the 11 Open tournaments to be staged by the FIVB in 2016, following on from Open events in Puerto Vallarta, Antalya and Doha in October and November last year, which kick-started the 2015/16 season. Qatar will host a second Open event in Doha from April 4 to 8.
The 2015/2016 beach volleyball calendar also includes five Grand Slams, three Major Series stops and the second edition of the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals. The beach volleyball tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be another highlight of the 2016 calendar.