FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour - 2014 Media Guide - page 19

Implementing another solid element of its overall plan for growth and development of the sport worldwide, the new FIVB administration has announced that
starting in2014 a fourth age-groupWorldChampionshipwill beheld, the latest for theU17 age-group. On July 15-20, Acapulco,Mexicowill be the siteof the
inaugural FIVB BeachVolleyball U17WorldChampionships.
“We are delighted to be able to organize aWorldChampionships for the U17 age-group,” FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said. “Wewant to give asmany
young players the chance to experience international competition because it is vital to their development as beach volleyball players.”
“It alsomeans another country canhave theopportunity toorganizean FIVB international tournament and learnandunderstandwhat is required tohost a FIVB
age-groupWorldChampionships andhow the hosting federation canuse the tournament to increase the popularity of the sport in their country and region.”
As part of the initiatives of the new leadershipof the FIVB, the inaugural FIVBBeachVolleyball U23WorldChampionshipswere held inMyslowice, Poland and
this year’s eventwill return to the same city in Southeast Poland for the second FIVBU23WorldChampionships, June10-15. The two long-standing age-group
World Championships U21 and U19 will be held in cities that have hosted other age-group events in the past. The 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball U21World
Championshipswill beheld in Larnaka, Cyprus,with the event set to takeplace from July 22-27. This age-groupWorldChampionshiphas beenheld every year
since 2001 so thiswill be the 14
annual U21championships. The 2014 FIVBBeachVolleyball U19WorldChampionshipswill be held in Porto, Portugal on July
29 toAugust 3. First beingheld in 2002, this year will be the 13
annual U19 championships.
While thiswill be thefirst FIVBage-groupWorldChampionship in the country,Acapulcohashosted threedouble-gender FIVBBeachVolleyballWorldTourOpen
events, in 1999, 2005 and2006 and Rosarito hosted an FIVBOpen in 2000.
Acapulco is a city,municipality andmajor seaport in the state of Guerreroon the PacificCoast ofMexico, 300 kilometers (190miles) southwest ofMexicoCity.
Acapulco is locatedonadeep, semi-circular bay andhas beenaport since theearly colonial periodofMexico’s history. The city is best knownas oneofMexico’s
oldest andmostwell-knownbeach resorts,which came intoprominence in the1950s as agetaway forHollywood stars andmillionaires.Acapulco is still famous
for its nightlife and still attracts many tourists, althoughmost are now fromMexico itself. The resort area is divided into two: The north end of the bay is the
“traditional” area, where the famous in themid-20
century vacationed; and the south end is dominated by newer luxury high-rise hotels.
The format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether pro or age-group FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach
Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB BeachVolleyball Open – are the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds.
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