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The 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar will feature nearly $9 million in prize money, five Grand Slam events, three swatch FIVB Major Series events,

14 Men’s and 11 Women’s FIVB Open events, the second annual swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in the United States and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, The

schedule starts in late April and concludes in mid-December. This year marks the 28


anniversary of the first FIVB beach volleyball event held February 17-22,

1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The gold medal was won by USA’s Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos. The men’s World Tour began in 1989, the women’s in 1992. Smith/

Stoklos were the champions of the inaugural season in 1989-90.

−− The international beach volleyball circuit will visit 23 sites in 14 countries over an 12-month period

−− The complete 2016 FIVB international calendar includes the FIVB World Tour including the finals, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, as well as three double-gender

age-group FIVB World Championships for U17, U19 and U21

−− The 2016 FIVB World Tour actually started in October of 2015 with three FIVB Open events prior to the end of the year. There were double gender events in

both Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Antalya, Turkey and a men’s only event in Doha, Qatar.

−− The 2016 FIVB World Tour will also see the completion of the Olympic qualification process with all events until June 13, 2016 counting towards the Olympic

Ranking in order to determine the 15 vacancies for each gender that will take part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

−− With the 2016 FIVB World Tour schedules featuring 23 men’s and 20 women’s events within the Asian, European, North American and South American

confederations, the FIVB international calendar will offer $8.8 million in prize money

−− All five FIVB World Tour Grand Slam events, the three FIVB Major Series events, the FIVB World Tour Finals and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will be combined

events for women and men. Eleven of the FIVB Open events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour calendar will be double-gender and three will be men only.

−− For the five FIVB Grand Slam events and the three FIVB Major Series events have been assigned total prize money of $800,000 each

−− The 11 double-gender FIVB Open events on the have been assigned total prize money of $150,000 each with the three men’s only FIVB Opens having purses

of $75,000 each

−− The only two new FIVB venues currently on this year’s FIVB World Tour schedule are Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) (May 17-22) and Hamburg, Germany (June 7-12)

with all three being held during the Olympic qualification window. This year will be the first time for a FIVB men’s tournament in Maceio, Brazil (Feb. 23-28)

as the women held one tournament there in 1996.

−− For Olsztyn, Poland, this year will be the 15


men’s and 13


women’s FIVB World Tour events and this will be the 16


men’s and 10


women’s FIVB World

Tour events held in Germany

−− Gstaad has staged 16 FIVB women’s and 15 FIVB men’s beach volleyball events as well as hosting the FIVB World Championships in 2007

−− While Brazil has hosted the most FIVB World Tour events with 69 total entering 2016, Rio de Janeiro has hosted 15 men’s events and eight women’s

tournaments including the 2003 FIVB World Championships

−− The first FIVB Grand Slam on the 2016 schedule will be the $800,000 FIVB Rio Grand Slam (March 8-13)

−− The second $500,000 swatch FIVB Season Final is scheduled to be held Oct. 25-30 at a location TBA following the successful inaugural event in Fort

Lauderdale, Fla., USA. It will again feature the top eight teams in each gender from the 2016 FIVB World Tour point standings along with two wild cards per


−− Red Bull Media House has the exclusive distribution media rights for the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour for the second straight year

−− For the seventh straight year, the tour will exclusively use the Mikasa VLS 300 ball