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Singapore eyeing strong beach volleyball future

Singapore hosted the SEA Beach Volleyball Championships on Sentosa Island
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 2, 2017 – Singapore’s effort to increase the popularity of beach volleyball among its sporting landscape have been given a huge boost over the past few weeks.

The Asian island nation recently hosted the South East Asian Beach Volleyball Championships Games from September 28-30, the first time that Singapore has hosted the tournament.

The Volleyball Association of Singapore (VAS) chose the spectacular location of Palawan Beach on Sentosa Island and set up three competition courts and two warm-up courts that matched FIVB’s competition criteria. 

The aim was to help put Singapore in a position where it will be able to host a 1-Star event on the 2018 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. 

“It has been an impressive experience, well organised in a beautiful location with a clearly competent promoter,” FIVB beach volleyball director Angelo Squeo said. “I see the potential for beach volleyball to be very successful here and to be developed further.

“Singapore also has the potential to be a beach volleyball destination such as the beaches in Copacabana, Brazil with more international events and more public enjoying the sport.” 

Two Indonesian teams won gold. Dhita Juliana and Putu Utami topped the women’s podium, and Candra Rachamawan and Mohamad Ashfiya matched their achievement in the men’s competition. 

Singapore were represented by two teams per gender and the women’s teams of Ng Serene and Ong Wei Yu, and Sim Kely and Huang Zihui matched expectations and reached the quarterfinals.

“Our teams put up a really good fight and played excellently on the courts,” Singapore coach Dean Martin said. “What was lacking was their experience and exposure at this competition level. They will definitely do a lot better with more experience.”

Next up for Singapore’s beach volleyball fans is organising a tournament on the 2018 AVC Beach Volleyball Tour. 

“Singapore’s setup has exceeded expectations,” AVC Beach Volleyball Director Kritsada Panaseri said. “The stage was huge and with live entertainment, it brought the entire experience of beach volleyball to the next level.”

For more information on the SEA Beach Volleyball Championships, click here


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