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2015/2016 REVIEW

The 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar featured US$8.625 million in prize money, four FIVB Grand Slams, four Swatch FIVB Major Series,

the Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals, the Continental Cup Finals, the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, and 13 FIVB Open events. The age-group

FIVB World Championships held in 2016 were the U19 and the U21 events. The showcase event in 2016 was the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

The schedule was played in two portions over two calendar years. The 2015 portion was played in October and November of 2015 while the 2016 portion

began in February and concluded in September. This year marks the 30


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 20 sites in 14 countries over an eleven-month period spanning two calendar years.

−− The 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball schedule featured 23 men’s and 20 women’s events within the Asian, European, North American, and South American

confederations, offering US$8.25 million in prize money. Three men’s events and two women’s events were played in 2015, and the remaining events were

played in 2016.

−− The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, all four FIVB World Tour Grand Slam events, the four Swatch FIVB Major Series events, and the Swatch FIVB World Tour

Season Final were combined events for women and men. Ten of the FIVB Open events were double-gender, and three were for men only. One of the men’s

only FIVB Open tournaments was held in Qatar (Doha) in November of 2015 and the other two were contested in Iran (Kish Island) in February and Qatar

(Doha) again in April.

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

Final which featured the top eight teams and four wild card teams in each gender.

−− The FIVB World Tour Grand Slam events returned to 2015 venues in Russia (Moscow), Poland (Olsztyn), and the United States (Long Beach). The new venue

was Brazil (Rio de Janeiro).

−− The four Swatch FIVB Major Series events returned to 2015 sites in Croatia (Porec), Switzerland (Gstaad), and Austria (Klagenfurt). The new venue was in

Germany (Hamburg).

−− Gstaad has staged 17 FIVB women’s and 16 FIVB men’s beach volleyball events as well as hosting the FIVB World Championships in 2007. Klagenfurt has

hosted 18 men’s and 15 women’s FIVB events including the 2001 FIVB World Championships.

−− The United States hosted two events in 2016 – a FIVB Grand Slam in Long Beach, Calif. along with a FIVB Open in Cincinnati.

−− After three straight seasons beginning in China, the opening event on the 2016 FIVB World Tour calendar for the 2015 portion was held in Puerto Vallarta,

Mexico, and the inaugural event for 2016 portion was held in Kish Island, Iran. The first 2016 FIVB Grand Slam event was the Rio de Janeiro Grand Slam on

March 8-13, and the first Major Series was held in Hamburg, Germany from June 7-12.

−− The 2016 FIVB World Tour Grand Slam events concluded in Long Beach, Calif., United States on August 23-28. The Swatch FIVB Major Series concluded in

Klagenfurt on July 26-31. The FIVB Open schedule ended in Cincinnati on May 17-21.

−− The 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball calendar also included FIVB Age Group World Championships for players under the age of 21, and under the age of

19. FIVB age-group worlds for U21 and U19 have been held for over a decade, once for U17 and two times for U23, which were not held in 2016. The most

recent edition of the U21 World Championships were played in Lucerne, Switzerland from May 11 to 16, 2016 and Larnaka, Cyprus, from July 27 to 31, 2016.

−− Red Bull Media House had the exclusive distribution media rights for the 2016 FIVB World Tour

−− For the seventh straight year, the tour exclusively used the Mikasa VLS300 ball