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Beach Volleyball: China events set off record-breaking 2014 season

The Fuzhou Open and Shanghai Grand Slam in China are the first two tournaments on the FIVB’s 2014 beach volleyball schedule, which offers a record US$10.2 million in prize money. Photo: FIVB.

The Fuzhou Open and Shanghai Grand Slam in China are the first two tournaments on the FIVB’s 2014 beach volleyball schedule, which offers a record US$10.2 million in prize money. Photo: FIVB.

December 13, 2013: China will host the first two events on the provisional 2014 FIVB beach volleyball schedule, which includes 10 Grand Slams, an inaugural Grand Slam Final, 11 Open tournaments and record total prize money of US$10.2 million – over 30 per cent more than the previous high of US$7.5 million in 2011.

 

The FIVB has confirmed nine double-gender Grand Slams – with another to be added – along with six double-gender and five single-gender Open tournaments. China will host Open events in Xiamen and provisionally Sanya (women only) at the end of the season, while Thailand will again stage a women’s competition.

 

For the first time, two of the Grand Slams will have a prize pot of US$1 million, while the other eight will offer US$800,000, nearly double the US$440,000 purse on offer at Grand Slams this year. The 2013 season – currently concluding in Durban, South Africa – included 10 Grand Slams, four Opens and the World Championships, with total prize money of US$6.4 million.

 

Dr Ary Graca, President of FIVB, said: “Following the outstanding success of the 2013 season, the FIVB is rewarding beach volleyball players around the world with increased prize money and more opportunities to play.

 

“We recognise that beach volleyball is more popular than ever around the world so the new 2014 calendar reflects this popularity and ensures beach volleyball continues to grow year on year, building up to the World Championships in The Hague in 2015 and the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.”

 

Like this year, next season sets off with two events in China, starting with the Fuzhou Open from April 22-27 followed by the Shanghai Grand Slam from April 29-May 4.

 

The second Grand Slam is in Fortaleza, Brazil, from May 13-18, while the following seven Grand Slams run from mid-June to the end of August, with six of them in Europe and one in Long Beach, California.

 

The first-ever Grand Slam Final will be held from October 15-19, offer US$500,000 in prize money and be made up of the top eight nations on the Grand Slam ranking, with a maximum quota of two teams per country, per gender. The location has yet to be confirmed.

 

The second-tier Open tournaments will effectively start and end the season, with Fuzhou followed by May events in Mexico, Czech Republic (women) and Russia.

 

In late September, the Thailand Open women’s event kicks off seven more Opens, with China provisionally hosting two and others in Argentina, Qatar (men), Reunion (men) – the latter to be confirmed – and South Africa.

 

The 2014-2016 Continental Cup will return to the schedule as it starts its qualification process for the 2016 Olympics.

 

The FIVB also announced that Myslowice in Poland and Porto in Portugal will return as hosts of the U23 and U19 World Championships, Larnaka in Cyprus will stage the U21 tournament, while an U17 event has been added. Beach volleyball will also make its debut at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, from August 16-28.

 

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Apr 22-27:       Fuzhou Open (m/w), China

Apr 29-May 4: Shanghai Grand Slam (m/w), China

May 7-11:       Puerto Vallarta Open (m/w), Mexico

May 13-18:     Fortaleza Grand Slam (m/w), Fortaleza, Brazil

May 20-25:     Prague Open (w), Prague, Czech Republic

May 27-Jun 1:            Anapa Open (m/w), Anapa, Russia

Jun 17-22:       Berlin Grand Slam (m/w), Berlin, Germany

Jun 24-29:       Stavanger Grand Slam (m/w), Stavanger, Norway

Jul 8-13:          Gstaad Grand Slam (m/w), Gstaad, Switzerland

Jul 15-20:        The Hague Grand Slam (m/w), The Hague, Netherlands

Jul 22-27:        Long Beach Grand Slam (m/w), Long Beach, USA

Jul 29-Aug 3:   Moscow Grand Slam (m/w), Moscow, Russia

Aug 19-24:      Stare Jablonki Grand Slam (m/w), Stare Jablonki, Poland

Sep 30-Oct 5: Thailand Open (w), Thailand

Oct 7-12:         Xiamen Open (m/w), Xiamen, China

Oct 15-19:       FIVB Grand Slam Final (m/w), Venue TBC

Oct 28-Nov 2: Parana Open (m/w), Parana, Argentina

Nov 3-8:          Doha Open (m), Doha, Qatar

Nov 4-9:          Sanya Open* (w), Sanya, Hainan, China

Dec 2-7:          Reunion Open* (m), St Denis de la Reunion, Reunion

Dec 10-14:      Durban Open (m/w), Durban, South Africa

* To be confirmed

 

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships*

Jun 10-15:       FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships (m/w), Myslowice, Poland

Jul 22-27:        FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships (m/w), Larnaca, Cyprus

Jul 29-Aug 3:   FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships (m/w), Porto, Portugal

* Dates and venue of FIVB Beach Volleyball U17 World Championships to be confirmed

 

Source: FIVB

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