FIVB Beach Volelyball World Tour

2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games | 17 - 27 août 2014


Beach Volleyball part of Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games

The second edition of the Youth Olympic Games are set to take place from August 16 to 28, 2014 in the Chinese city of Nanjing and it will be the first time beach volleyball will be included in the sporting line-up.

While just volleyball made it to the list of sports for the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, this year’s Games will only feature beach volleyball.
The event will be held at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sport Park alongside a number of other sports including rugby, BMX and hockey. Preserving the legacy of the venue for the future development of beach volleyball was also high on the agenda.

Situated 20 minutes from the centre of the city, construction of the complex was completed at the end of 2013.

The Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing will see the participation of over 3,600 athletes and will include 28 Olympic sports.  To be eligible for the Youth Olympic Games, athletes must be born between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 1999.

Volleyball was part of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, when Cuba won the boys’ volleyball gold medal over Argentina, and Belgium defeated the United States to clinch the gold medal in the girls’ competition.

The FIVB hopes that this event can create a strong platform to develop youth beach volleyball all over the world, with national federations investing in young athletes in an effort to earn one of the 36 berths in the Games.

Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in eastern China and has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of China on several occasions. Its present name means "Southern Capital".

Located in the lower Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing has long been one of China's most important cities. It is recognized as one of the four great ancient capitals of China. Nanjing has long been a national center of education, research, transport networks and tourism.

With an urban population of over seven million (2011), Nanjing is the second-largest commercial centre in the East China region after Shanghai.

Beach Volleyball has been a popular and integral part of the Summer Olympic Games since it debuted at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games in the United States.

Also on the FIVB age-group calendar for 2014 are an unprecedented four FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships for developing age-group athletes.  The four age-group events this year will be for U17 (Bahia de Banderas, Mexico - July 15-20), U19 (Porto, Portugal - July 29-August 3), U21 (Larnaka, Cyprus - July 22-27) and U23 (Myslowice, Poland - June 10-15).





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