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2016 Olympic Rankings resume with men’s $75,000 FIVB Kish Island Open

Mexico's Juan Virgen, left and Lombardo Ontiveros are looking for a podium placement and more Olympic qualifying points this week as the 2016 FIVB World Tour resumes with its first event in Iran at the men's FIVB Kish Island Open.
Lausanne, Switzerland, February 12, 2016 — Following eight weeks of recovery and renewing, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) now resumes the qualifying process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games through the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. This week will see the FIVB World Tour visiting Iran for the first time. Starting Sunday will be the men’s $75,000 Kish Island Open. Women return to action with the double-gender $150,000 FIVB Maceio Open in Brazil on Feb. 23-28.

In Iran for the for the first time for an FIVB Beach Volleyball event, expected to start the FIVB Kish Island Open are 37 men’s teams from 21 countries.

The men’s $75,000 FIVB Kish Island Open starts Sunday and concludes on Friday. The event is the first event of the year on the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour that started with three events at the end of 2015. The FIVB Kish Island Open will be played on the Grand Recreational Pier.

The FIVB Kish Island Open is a 32-team, men’s only event. It will start with a qualification tournament on Monday to determine the final eight spots in the 32-team main draw followed by two days of round robin pool play. The top three teams in the eight pools (24 total teams) will advance from pool play to the single-elimination knockout rounds. Pool play will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also on Wednesday will be the first round of single-elimination play. On Thursday will be two more rounds single-elimination concluding with the quarterfinals. On Friday the semifinals and medal matches will be held.

As needed, country quota playoff matches will be played on Sunday to determine the final teams in Monday’s qualification tournament.

Kish Island is a 91.5-square-kilometer (35.3 square miles) resort island in the Persian Gulf. It is part of the Hormozgan Province of Iran. Due to its free trade zone status it is touted as a consumer's paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centers, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. It has an estimated population of 26,000 residents and about 1 million people visit the island annually. Kish Island was ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by The New York Times in 2010, and is the fourth most visited vacation destination in Southwest Asia after Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Sharm el-Sheikh.

Since the mid-1990s the Iranian government has embarked on an aggressive promotional and developmental campaign to tailor Kish as a rival to Dubai but mainly a big rival to Doha. Steps taken in order to accomplish this include launching massive construction projects and programs designed to attract foreign investment and trade.

For the FIVB Kish Island Open, the top-seeded teams are Germany’s Markus Bockermann/Lars Fluggen, Mexico’s second-seeded Juan Virgen/Lombardo Ontiveros, Italy’s third-seeded twin brothers Matteo Ingrosso/Paolo Ingrosso, France’s fourth-seeded Youssef Krou/Edouard Rowlandson and Poland’s fifth-seeded Michal Kadziola/Jakub Szalankiewicz.

The second five top-seeded teams competing in Kish Island are Latvia’s No. 6 Martins Plavins/Haralds Regza, Poland’s No.7 Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, Australia’s No. 8 Isaac Kapa/Christopher McHugh, Turkey’s No. 9 Volkan Gogtepe/Murat Giginoglu and Russia’s No. 10 Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artern Yarzutkin.

The gold medal team at the FIVB Kish Island Open will split $11,000, the silver $8,000, the bronze $6,000 and fourth place $4,500.

As the host nation for the FIVB Kish Island Open, Iran has four men’s teams pre-seeded into the main draw for this event and four teams in the qualification tournament as well three in qualification tournament and one reserve team. Iran’s men’s main draw teams are Bahman Salemilnjehboroun/Rahman Raoufi, Saber Hosmand/Abbas Pourasgari, Abolhamed Mirzaali/Ebrahim Sansabli and Vahid Nikoufar/Abdolaziz Amaniyan.

Entered in the qualification tournament are Behnam Tavokoli/Arash Vakili, Parvis Farrokhi/Aghamohammad Salagh and Amir Shoushtarizadeh/Shahram Ghasemkhah. The reserve team is Bahman Gholipoury/Reza Assari Naeini.

Mid-November of last year saw a team from Germany win the men’s gold medal for the second straight year at the men’s $75,000 FIVB Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar. Top-seeded for the FIVB Kish Open, winning the gold medal with a perfect 7-0 record at the FIVB Qatar Open was Germany’s Markus Bockermann/Lars Fluggen.  It was the German team’s second gold medal in the 2015 calendar year and the second career FIVB gold medal individually.

In the bronze medal match in Doha, USA’s John Hyden/Tri Bourne defeated France’s Youssef Krou/Edouard Rowlandson in three sets, 21-15, 20-22 and 15-12 in 50 minutes.  

Germany’s Bockermann/Fluggen and France’s Krou/Rowlandson are both among the top five seeds in this week’s FIVB Kish Island Open.

After three events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour, Italy’s Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri duo leads the FIVB World Tour point standings with 1,100 points. Germany’s Markus Bockermann/Lars Fluggen tandem is second in the standing with 1,090. Third is USA’s Lucena/ Dalhausser with 950 points, fourth with 880 points is Latvia’s Martins Plavins/Haralds Regza duo and tied for fifth with 780 points are Belgium’s Dries Koekelkoren/Tom van Walle and Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak. Seventh is USA’s Hyden/Bourne with 700 points.

In the 2016 FIVB World Tour men’s season earnings after three events, USA’s Lucena/Dalhausser duo leads with $19,000. Tied for second with $17,750 each in prize winnings are Italy’s Carambula/Ranghieri and Germany’s Bockermann/Fluggen. Fourth is Latvia’s M. Plavins/Regza tandem with $10,000, while fifth is USA’s Hyden/Bourne with $9,375 and tied for sixth are Mexico’s Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen and Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen with $8,000 each.

Placement points for the FIVB Olympic Rankings for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games resume this week at the men’s $75,000 FIVB Kish Island Open in Iran. The 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour continues with three consecutive double-gender events in Brazil. First up will be the FIVB Maceio Open (Feb. 23-28), followed by the FIVB Rio Grand Slam (March 8-13) and the FIVB Vitoria Open (Jan. 26-31).

The FIVB Kish Island Open in Iran is the 334th men’s tournament since the FIVB began play in 1987. There have been 297th FIVB women’s tournaments since they started competition in 1992.

FIVB 2016
Based in Lausanne, Switzerland as the international governing body for the Olympic sports of Beach Volleyball and Volleyball, the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball calendar featured a purse of US$9 million with a season that extended from last October to this October, competing at 23 venues in 13 countries. The schedule includes five FIVB Grand Slams, three Swatch FIVB Major Series events, 14 FIVB Opens and the special Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in the United States. The showcase event will be the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil (Aug. 5-21).

The Olympic qualification process began in 2015 with all FIVB World Tour events (except the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals) in 2015 up until June 13, 2016 counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine 15 spots for each gender that will take part in each 24-team field in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Copacabana Beach in Brazil in August. Counting the FIVB Kish Island Open, 13 men’s and 11 women’s events remain on the Olympic qualifying calendar for the FIVB World Tour.

The FIVB Grand Slam and Swatch FIVB Major Series competitions, all double-gender, each have $800,000 in total purses. The total of $500,000 will be the purse for the Swatch FIVB World Tour Season Final which will feature the top eight teams in each gender and two wild card teams.

The 14 FIVB Open tournaments on 2016 calendar, 11 double-gender, and three men’s only, have $150,000 total purses for the double gender events and $75,000 for the single-gender competitions.

The gold medal teams in each gender at FIVB Grand Slam and Swatch FIVB Major Series events split $57,000, the silver $43,000, the bronze $32,000 and fourth place $24,000. The gold medal teams in each gender at FIVB Open tournaments each split $11,000, the silver $8,000, the bronze $6,000 and fourth place $4,500.

Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – are the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds. Country Quota playoffs have returned as needed in 2015 to determine the final teams for the qualification tournament.


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