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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 started in October of 2015 and concludes in late October in 2016. 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 visited 19 sites in 14 countries over a nine-month period

−− With the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball schedule featuring 18 men’s and 18 women’s events within the Asian, European and South American confederations,

the FIVB international calendar offered $9.1 million in prize money

−− The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, all five FIVB World Tour Grand Slam events, the three Swatch FIVB Major Series events, and the Swatch

FIVB World Tour Season Final were combined events for women and men. Seven of the FIVB Open events will be double-gender; one will be men only and

one women only. The women’s only FIVB Open tournament was held in the Czech Republic (Prague). The Men’s only FIVB Open tournament will be in Qatar


−− The total purse for the five FIVB Grand Slams and four Swatch FIVB Major Series events was $800,000 each and $500,000 for the Swatch FIVB World Tour

Season Final which featured the top eight teams in each gender

−− The FIVB World Tour Grand Slam events returned to 2014 venues in Russia (Moscow) and the United States (Long Beach). New venues will be the United

States (St. Petersburg), Japan (Yokohama), and Poland (Olsztyn).

−− The three FIVB Major Series events returned to 2014 Grand Slam venues in Norway (Stavanger) and Switzerland (Gstaad). The other one was in a new venue

in Croatia (Porec).

−− Gstaad has staged 15 FIVB women’s and 14 FIVB men’s beach volleyball events as well as hosting the FIVB World Championships in 2007. Stavanger has

hosted 14 men’s and 11 women’s FIVB events including the 2009 FIVB World Championships.

−− The Netherlands hosted the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, featuring $1 Million in prize money

−− The United States will host three events in 2015 including FIVB Grand Slams in St. Petersburg, Fla. and Long Beach, Calif. along with the Swatch FIVB World

Tour Season Final in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

−− The opening event on the 2015 FIVB World Tour calendar for the third straight year was the double-gender FIVB Fuzhou Open on April 21-26. The first 2015

FIVB Grand Slam event was the Moscow Grand Slam on May 26-31, and the first Major Series was held in Porec Croatia from June 2-6.

−− The 2015 FIVB World Tour Grand Slam events conclude in Olsztyn, Poland on August 25-30. The FIVB Major Series will conclude in Gstaad on July 7-12. The

FIVB Open schedule will end for the women in Antalya, Turkey on October 20-24 and Doha, Qatar for the men on November 9-13.

−− The FIVB Beach Volleyball calendar also includes FIVB Age Group World Championships for players under the age of 23, under the age of 21, under the age

of 19, and under the age of 17. FIVB age-group worlds for U21 and U19 have been held for over a decade, twice for U23 and once for U17. However, they

are now played every other year and will not be played in 2015; they will return to the annual schedule in 2016.

−− Red Bull Media House has the exclusive distribution media rights for the 2015 FIVB World Tour

−− For the sixth straight year, the tour is exclusively using the Mikasa VLS300 ball