FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour - 2014 Media Guide - page 4

The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour schedule was comprised of FIVB-record ten Grand Slam events alongwith the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Championships inStare Jablonki, Poland. The FIVB launchedanew initiative in2013which includedfiveOpenevents spread throughout theworld tohelpopen
the door for development of the sport. The schedule started inApril and concluded inDecember. The year of 2013 alsomarks the 26
anniversary of the first
FIVB BeachVolleyball event held February 17-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The goldmedal waswon by USA’s Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos. Themen’sWorld Tour
began in 1989, thewomen’s in 1992. Smith/Stokloswere the champions of the inaugural season in 1989-90.
−− The international BeachVolleyball circuit visited15 sites in 12 countries over a ninemonth period
−− With the 2013 calendar featuring 15 women’s and 14 men’s events within the African, Asian, European and South American confederations, the FIVB
international calendar offered $6.2million in prizemoney, including $5.4million on the FIVB BeachVolleyballWorld Tour
−− All 10 FIVBWorld Tour Grand Slam eventswere combined events forwomen andmen. Three of the FIVBOpen eventswere double-gender andonewas for
−− Thewomen’s-onlyOpen tournament was in Thailand (Phuket)
−− The newGrand Slam events this year were in Argentina (Corrientes), the Netherlands (The Hague), USA (Long Beach, Calif.), Brazil (São Paulo), and China
−− The $4.4million FIVBWorld Tour Grand Slam series returned to 2012 venues inChina (Shanghai), Italy (Rome), Switzerland (Gstaad), Germany (Berlin), and
Russia (Moscow)
−− Poland (Stare Jablonki) hosted the $1million FIVBBeachVolleyballWorldChampionships for the first time (July 1-7). Stare Jablonki has hostedninemen’s &
fivewomen’s FIVBWorld Tour events including sev-eral Grand Slam events.
−− The opening event on the 2013 FIVBWorld Tour calendar for the first time in tour historywas the double-gender Shanghai Grand SlamApril 30-May 5. The
first FIVBOpen eventwas the FuzhouOpenonApril 23-28 asChinahosts three FIVB international tournaments in2013, including a second FIVBWorld Tour
Grand Slam inXiamenonOct. 22-27.
−− The 2013 FIVBWorld Tour Grand Slam series concluded in China (Xiamen) on Oct. 22-27. The FIVB Open schedule ended in South Africa (Durban Open)
with a double gender event onDec. 11-14.
−− For the first time inbeach volleyball history, the international BeachVolleyball calendar also featured FIVBWorldChampionships for players under the age of
23, under the age of 21 and under the age of 19. FIVB age-groupworlds for U21 andU19 have been held for over a decade, but 2013will be the first for
U23. Myslowice, Poland hosted the 2013 FIVBU23WorldChampionships June 6-9, while Umag, Croatia host-ed the FIVBU21WorldChampionships June
20-23 and Porto, Portugal hosted the 2013 FIVBU19WorldChampionships July 11-14 for players under the age of 19.
−− Brazil (Campinas) hosted the inaugural FIVBWorldCup Final that involved all FIVB confederations,May 29-June 2
−− IMG SportsMedia continued to have the exclusive distributionmedia rights for the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. For the fourth straight year, the
tour exclusively used theMikasa VLS 300 ball. It was introduced in 2009.
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