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U17 World Championships removed from 2016 beach volleyball calendar

Age-group World Championships will be held in Larnaka, Cyprus and Lucerne, Switzerland this year
Lausanne, Switzerland, February 24, 2016 - The FIVB Beach Volleyball U17 World Championships in Cabo Frio, Brazil - one of three Age-Group Beach Volleyball World Championships scheduled to take place in 2016 - have been removed from the beach volleyball calendar due to difficulties securing an organiser for the event.

Two Age-Group Beach Volleyball World Championships will take place in 2016, including the U21 World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland from May 11-16 and the U19 World Championships in Larnaka, Cyprus from July 26-31.

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It is the third time that a World Championship has visited the sands of Cyprus after Larnaka hosted the 2012 U19 World Championships and the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in 2014.

Lucerne’s hosting of the U21 World Championships comes soon after it played host to the successful and popular inaugural Lucerne Open on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 2015.

The tournaments feature a main draw of 32 teams in eight pools of four teams, with 24 teams progressing to the elimination rounds.

The Age-Group World Championships are designed to act as a pathway for a player’s progression to playing regularly on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, with the winners receiving wild cards to participate in that competition. The age-group tournaments also feature a number of education programmes for young athletes, notably leading the way with the anti-doping message, and acting as young players’ first taste of international competition.  

As well as preparing players to participate in the World Tour, the age-group events in 2016 are also the next major events in the run-up to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018. The next editions of the age-group competitions will be held in 2017 for the U21 World Championships and in 2019 for the U19 World Championships.


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