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record year: World Championships, 4 Grand Slams, Prize
Money min $5.3 million
- Beach Volleyball will enjoy a record year in
2003, one year ahead of the Athens 2004 Olympics, the
International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has announced.
The season’s highlight will be the World Championships
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and for the first time the
World Tour will feature a 4-leg Grand Slam.
”We have no doubt that 2003 will be another landmark
year for Beach Volleyball, especially as FIVB events
from January 2003 until 11 July 2004 are part of the
Olympic qualification process,” said FIVB President
Dr. Rubén Acosta. “The World Tour and World
Championship attract a minimum of US $5.3 million in
prize money, almost double over last year and the
richest purse ever. There is no better signal to
indicate the growing popularity of our second Olympic
The World Championships, which offers $800,000 and will
be played on Copa Cabana in Rio de Janeiro is a special
coup, as city authorities do not usually permit such
events on this, one of the world’s most famous beaches.
Instead they will turn Copa Cabana into a Festival of
Beach Volleyball to celebrate the sport that has a huge
and passionate following in the country.
In addition, a groundbreaking agreement with USA’s
Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), which has
opened the way for a Grand Slam in a spectacular venue
in Los Angeles that will certainly be another season
For the first time the World Tour will include a
four-leg Grand Slam with the first leg in Berlin,
Germany in June, followed by Marseille, France in July,
Klagenfurt, Austria in August and winding up in Long
Beach, California for the final leg in September. Each
of these tournaments carries $300,000 prize money.
”Any team that manages to pull off the four
tournaments and take the Grand Slam will certainly be
recognized among their peers and in the sport generally
as truly achieving something fantastic,” said Angelo
Squeo, FIVB’s Beach Volleyball Coordinator.
Individual men’s- and
women’s Open Events will be held in Greece,
Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, Japan, Poland, China,
Indonesia, Spain, and Canada (to be confirmed in
February) with others under negotiation in another seven
countries. Provisional dates for these additional events
have already been reserved in the calendar.
The calendar will also include a record-breaking 6-7
Challenger and Satellite events.
“The increased demand for Challenger and Satellite
events is a sure sign of the growing popularity of our
sport and indeed in many countries we are enjoying a
boom,” Squeo commented. “Challenger and Satellite
tournaments are a perfect launch pad for up-and-coming
players to gain international experience.”
2003 Beach Volleyball World Tour Calendar
Pic: U.S. players Holly McPeak and Elaine
Youngs can go for a win at the Los Angeles leg of the
Grand Slam in 2003
he world’s top-ranked beach volleyball team, Misty May and Kerri
Walsh are in New York City on Oct. 21, to
attend the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 23rd annual “Salute to Women in Sports” awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
May and Walsh, who were outstanding in the
just completed FIVB World Tour season, are among the 21 finalists for the Sportswoman of the Year
Award in the category "team" and
were selected from more than 40 nominees for both categories combined.
They won five titles, providing the
thrills with their record-breaking winning
streak in their first year as a team.
Their worst event was a ninth finish and
altogether they finished their 2002
campaign with 32 straight pool play wins,
dropping only their first preliminary
match of the season in June's event at
Madrid, Spain. The Sportswoman of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional athletic performances and achievements of female athletes over a 12-month period (Aug. 1, 2001 – Aug. 4,
2002). Criteria are based on new records and world championships won during the
period. Pic: May and Walsh after their win in Gstaad,
Provisional Calendar announced for 2003
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 18, 2002 - The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Council and Permanent Committee have announced a provisional calendar of events for the 2003 World Tour season, with a total of 18 events and another 16 still under negotiation.
The 2003 season will be a landmark one for this new Olympic Discipline. Events from January 1, 2003 and up to July 11, 2004 count towards the Olympic Qualification process and a decision concerning the Olympic seeding system will be taken before the first event.
Major season's highlights include the Beach Volleyball World Championships on Copa Cabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a Grand Slam event in Los Angeles, USA.
"This will be a key season in the history of our sport's development looking forward to the Athens Olympics," said Angelo Squeo, FIVB Beach Volleyball Coordinator, adding that planned events in Greece would serve as valuable test events for the Olympics.
Events already provisionally scheduled are:
June 2003 (dates to be announced): Men's and women's events in Switzerland and Germany.
July 2003 (dates to be announced): Men's and women's events in Norway, men's event in Portugal, women's event in Greece.
August 2003 (dates to be announced): Men's and women's events in Japan, men's event in Poland and Greece; women's event in Indonesia
September 2003 (dates to be announced): Men's and women's event in USA
October 14-19, 2003: World Championship (men and women) in Brazil.
Other events under negotiation are in Australia, Austria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal (women's event), Sweden and Spain.
In other business, the FIVB offered their support to the delegation from Indonesia in the face of the recent terrorist attack and confirmed that they would stand by the event scheduled in that country for the 2003 season.
Another landmark decision by the World Council was to allow women who chose to take maternity leave from their professional sport the possibility of retaining 75% of their points earned within one year of the birth of their baby, and 50% of the points earned within two years of the birth of their baby. FIVB Beach Volleyball players pay equal prize money for men and women in their official competitions.
Marcio Araujo-Benjamin take
gold medal of the season
Brazil, 6 October -
Marcio Araujo-Benjamin Insfran won the
2002 FIVB final event on Sunday to capture their first
gold medal this year. They defeated Americans Kevin
Wong-Stein Metzger 2-0 (22-20, 21-16). The title here in
Brazil earns Marcio-Benjamin the second place in the
2002 FIVB World Ranking.
The Brazilians overcame their shaky start and a
five-point deficit to scramble back to take the first
set. Then Wong lost concentration in the second set
resulting in a string of unforced errors, which allowed
the Brazilians to exert pressure to their advantage.
““We had our chances to win the match, but let it slip
away,” said Metzger after the match.” More than 4,000
Beach aficionados supported their local heroes, dressed
in colorful T-shirts, setting the perfect scene for the
last final of the season. “We are very happy that we
finally made gold and this in my hometown,” said a
delighted Marcio Araujo.
Sunday's title match was the third meeting this season
between the two teams. Marcio Araujo-Benjamin won the
semifinal match in Switzerland while Metzger and Wong
defeated the Brazilians in the final of the Portugal
Earlier, the bronze medal went to Emanuel Rego-Ricardo
Costa Santos as their match against compatriots
Jefferson Bellaguarda- Dagoberto Dultra was forfeited,
due to the muscle injury of Dultra. It is the second
medal for Emanuel-Ricardo in their second tournament.
Bellaguarda-Dultra had to qualify for the Main Draw and
have won six straight matches this weekend, including a
pool play victory over Swiss brothers Paul and Martin
Laciga. Dagoberto Dultra was voted Speedo player of the
Wong-Metzger’s semifinal victory on Saturday also
prevented the Brazilians from an opportunity to claim
all three podium spots in the 2002 FIVB season finale,
although Brazil remains the dominant nation in men’s
Beach Volleyball booking 15 out of possible 30 medals
The 2002 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour closes with
the Fortaleza event, the 10th men’s tournament in nine
different countries. Brazil has been hosting
international Beach circuit events since 1992. A
provisionary events calendar for the 2003 FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Tour will be released after the FIVB
Beach Volleyball Council meets in Lausanne later in
Pic: Marcio Araujo-Benjamin (BRA) winner of the 2002
FIVB final event
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Baracetti-Conde take the
2002 FIVB World Ranking title
Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde on Sunday wrapped up
the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour by being the
leading men’s team of the season. Baracetti and Conde
are also the current World Champions, a title they won
at Klagenfurt, Austria in 2001. The pair topped the
season’s rankings with 2,030 points. Brazilians Marcio
Araujo-Benjamin Insfran finished second with 1,960 and
Ricardo-Loiola with 1,820 points. Overall it was another
dominant season for Brazil, which next year hosts the
World Championships. Of the 30 medals up for grabs in
FIVB international beach events this season, Brazil took
the lion’s share with 15, followed by Europe with 6 and
the USA with four. Baracetti-Conde were content to wrap
up the season here in Fortaleza with a ninth place. “We
know that we were a little bit lucky to be on top of the
ranking, but we are very happy anyways. It’s a good
feeling to win the World Title,” said Baracetti.
This year, in contrast to the women’s circuit, there
were a number of winners on the podium, including five
different Brazilian teams and Ricardo-Loiola played
eight events together and finished third in the rankings
as a team, even though they went their separate ways at
the end of August.
Baracetti-Conde had a strong start into the season
taking silver in Berlin, Germany and gold in Gstaad,
Switzerland. Then Baracetti struggled with a shoulder
injury and the team’s form dropped. In the final
analysis, four fourth places, a ninth and fifth place
were enough to give them the 2002 World Tour Title. “Our
style of play is very different from the power play of
the Brazilian teams, but we seem to be very successful
with it,” said Baracetti. He praised his partner Martin
Conde as one of the best defense players in the world.
Asked if the team will be out to defend their World
Championship Title next year, Baracetti answered, “Of
course we will try, but it is not an easy task. In
Klagenfurt we told ourselves it would be nice to win and
we did. So maybe it works this way again.”
The new formation of Emanuel-Ricardo made their own mark
with two bronze medals from two tournaments, indicating
that they are a team to watch in the future. “We will
take some weeks off after our national circuit finishes,
but then we will start our training again. Next year we
want to win the World Ranking and of course the World
Championships title as well,” said Emanuel. “To a
certain extent we have to learn how to play together. We
have some any habits, which we are used to from playing
with different partners, now we have to develop new
habits and strategies to be more successful,” said
From the six European medals in this season, Alpine
nation Switzerland took four, during a year that has
seen a surge in the sport’s popularity in Europe
generally. Swiss brothers Paul and Martin Laciga had a
slow start to the season due to Martin’s injury
problems, but they went on to win two consecutive
tournaments, both in Spain. Compatriots Sascha Heyer-Markus
Egger took the silver medal at the Grand Slam in
Klagenfurt and Patrick Heuscher-Stefan Kobel won bronze
in Norway. “Next year our overall goal is to win the
World Championships title and we will train hard to
reach this goal,” said Martin Laciga. Asked if he knows
the secret of success for Swiss Beach Volleyball, Martin
said, “My brother and for sure created more interest for
the sport, but the final success of the teams is the
result of hard work.”
Kevin Wong-Stein Metzger were the most successful
Americans this season, taking gold in Portugal, two
times bronze as well as one silver medal. “We can be
very content with our season. Next year will be crucial
as the Olympic qualification starts, but we are on the
right track,” said Metzger. The other US teams struggled
through the season, especially the Olympic champions
from Sydney 2000, Dain Blanton and Carl Henkel, while
Eric Fonoimoana and Dax Holdren also struggled to find
their form. Blanton-Henkel recently announced they were
splitting up and Henkel is now playing with Casey
Jennings. Blanton’s future is yet undecided. Other
strong performers for the USA were Todd Rogers-Sean
The newcomers of this season were certainly headed by
Austrian pair of Nik Berger-Clemens Doppler. In their
first season together, this young team finished in the
top ten in the World Ranking. Berger is the former
partner of Oliver Stamm, while Doppler turned
professional this year and is already being named as
among the players with the highest potential on the
circuit. “He will be one of the top players in the
coming years,” Paul Laciga said of the 21-year old
Austrian. Italian Marco Solustri, a well-known identity
on the circuit and a former Beach Player, coaches the
squad. “We had a great season this year. Certainly much
better than we expected it to be in our first year, but
there is still a lot of work ahead of us,” said Solustri.
German pair of Markus Dieckmann-Jonas Reckermann were
also among the up-and-coming teams. The two won the
bronze medal at their home tournament in Berlin,
Germany, as well as winning the European Championship
title later in the season. They were sidelined in the
latter part of the season after Dieckmann pulled a
stomach muscle. Australians Andrew Schacht- Josh Slack
also left their mark on this year’s World Tour in their
inaugural season together, including a victory over
compatriots and Beach veterans Julien Prosser-Leo Zahner.
“We are very satisfied with our season as we didn’t know
what to expect. We will work a lot to be even better
next year,” said Slack.
Brazilians Roberto Lopes-Franco, the team with the most
playing years together, finished their career this
season and will appear with different partners on next
year’s World Tour. “We are looking back on our great
career, but now we’ve decided to go different ways,”
said Franco. The team booked 34 medals in 90 FIVB
tournaments and remained among the top teams until this
An African team will also join the 2003 Beach Circuit –
Luis Manuel-Luis Miguel Xisto of Angola made their first
appearance here in Fortaleza and intends to play the
whole Tour next year. The team is very happy to finally
being supported by their country. “For me is very
important that the gap is now filled, as their was no
African team on the World Tour so far. My intention is
to promote my country and Beach Volleyball as best as I
can,” said Xisto. Xisto has over 20 years of Volleyball
experience, playing indoor in Portugal before turning to
Beach. “ He plans to work hard with his partner with a
view to qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
highlights will include a Grand Slam in Los Angeles,
USA, as well as the World Championships in Rio de
Janeiro. Events from January 1 will count towards the
Olympic Qualification process.
Pic: World Title winners 2002: Mariano
Baracetti-Martin Conde, ARG
Volleyball World Tour-Women
Walsh-May take the 2002 World Tour title
2002 FIVB Women's Beach Volleyball World Tour drew to a
close on Sunday, the end of a season of 11 events in ten
different countries with the big 'Beach nations' USA and
Brazil again taking the lion's share of the medals.
American teams, with season's winners Kerri Walsh and
Misty May in the forefront took 16 medals, followed by
Brazil with ten podiums. Walsh and May rounded up their
excellent season with 3,070 points, followed by Adriana
Behar-Shelda Bruno Bede with 2,740 and Australians
Natalie Cook-Kerri Pottharst with 2,370.
the coaches say about the 2002 Beach season:
Alemao of Greece
Anderson of Australia
Marco of Brazil
Groenhuijzen of The
Leticia of Brazil
Women's Season Wrap Up (cont.)
Walsh and May led the
way with five titles but Holly McPeak-Elaine Youngs
captured four gold medals this season, while Adriana
Behar-Shelda Bruno Bede of Brazil won twice.
But it was Walsh and May that provided the thrills with
their record-breaking winning streak, playing their
first complete World Tour as a team. Their worst event
was a ninth finish and altogether they finished their
2002 campaign with 32 straight pool play wins, dropping
only their first preliminary match of the season in
June's event at Madrid, Spain.
But despite their focus on the international tour and
their eyes on the Olympic gold at Athens 2004, Walsh-May
still say that their play will improve even more for the
coming years. "I think we still can improve
everything and we certainly will," said Walsh.
"But we are very happy and satisfied winning the
trophy this year, we have reached our goal","
Compatriots Holly McPeak-Elaine Youngs were close behind,
finishing fourth in the World Ranking after taking part
in only eight tournaments and winning 80 of 86 matches
this season with eight titles. "I think Kerri and
Misty and Elaine and me have been the most consistent
teams this year. So it will be an interesting and tough
season for everybody next year," said McPeak.
The number one
Brazilian team, Adriana Behar-Shelda Bruno Bede stumbled
on occasions and finished in second place for the first
time since 1997. The dynamic duo were silver medallists
at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and twice World Champions
(1999 and 2001) and have won the season title the past
"It was a
tough season and we are still among the top teams and
it's not over, next year we will be back to get the
title again, " said the still determined Shelda.
Ranks comparison of the
Top 3 teams over 2002
Shelda and Adriana Behar played their first tournament
together in November 1995, where they finished seventh.
Since then they have played in 63 tournaments on the
FIVB World Tour, winning 27, and placing first, second
or third in an incredible 80 percent of World Tour
events, a record for both men and women. The rumors that
the team may split after some personal troubles this
year, were laid to rest by their long-term coach Leticia,
"That's impossible," she said.
Looking at other Brazilian teams, success-spoilt Sandra
Pires had a tough season. Her new partner Leila Barros,
a former indoor player, was playing her first beach
season. The team finally finished in seventh position in
the World Ranking leaving the question open if the
twosome will stay together for next year. Compatriot Ana
Paula delivered an amazing comeback after her one year
baby break together with new partner Tatiana Minello.
The team won two silver and two Bronze medals to rank
fifth in the end. "We reached our goal finishing
among the top five teams this year. So the goal for the
next year is top three," said a visibly satisfied
Australian Olympic Champions from Sydney 2000, Natalie
Cook-Kerri Pottharst, have advanced to seven "final
fours" in 10 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour
events this season with six podium places. But the two
Australians failed to capture a gold medal in two finals
where they dropped title matches to McPeak-Youngs in
Norway and Greece. For the Aussies the 2002 season ended
ranked number three in the World, which is their best
World Tour ranking ever, but still not quite what the
team expected at the start of the season. "I guess
we have to be happy with the season's result, although
it's not quite what we wanted. So we set the goal to win
the World title for next year again," said
Pottharst. When asked if they intended to defend their
Olympic Gold Medal in Athens 2004 they quickly answered
The newcomers of this season were certainly the European
teams headed by Dutch pair Marrit Leenstra-Rebekka
Kadijik. The 'Oranjes' earned two fourth places in Japan
and Greece, beating top teams like Walsh-May and
Cook-Pottharst and finally ranked third. "We are
very satisfied and happy with our results this year. I
think that the hard training over the winter finally
earned us those results," said Leenstra. Also Swiss
pair Nicole Benoit-Simone Kuhn made an impressive
advancement in the rankings from last year's 62nd place
to number 19 this year. And finally Germans Stefanie
Pohl-Okka Rau and Italian 2002 European Champions
Lucilla Perrotta-Daniela Gattelli are among the teams to
watch in the upcoming season, both teams finished in the
top ten of the final World Ranking.
The 2002 season was not only the first season to break
the Brazilian dominance but also one of changes in the
rules and regulations of the game. The Rally Point
System was introduced, the size of the courts was
reduced to 8x16 meters and the pool play system replaced
the double elimination format. There were some initial
doubts, especially among the players, about the pool
play format, but it finally worked out well. "The
pool play system makes it much easier to schedule
matches and know who plays against whom, and above all
it demands from the top teams that they play well right
from the start - as every match can be decisive, "
explains Hinnerk Femerling, FIVB Technical Supervisor.
With the 2003 FIVB World Tour the qualification phase
for the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 begins including a
Grand Slam stop in Los Angeles, USA as well as World
Championships in Rio de Janeiro, a season packed with
excitement is pre-programmed.
coach of Efi Sfyfri and Vasso Karadassiou, Greece:
"After my third year working with Efi and Vicky,
this was our best season so far. The team got much more
consistent in their play and found their way to the top.
We will start to train again in November, probably
playing a national tournament in Australia. What I
recognized this season is that blocking is getting much
more important on the beach. A lot of the players are
very tall and that's one thing we will work on over the
The team, which impressed me most this year, was
certainly Marrit Leenstra-Rebekka Kadijk. This team did
not only beat some of the top teams, but really improved
concerning their level of skills. And of course Kerri
and Misty were absolutely great this season. I think
nobody expected them to be that good."
Anderson, coach of Olympic Gold Medallist Natalie
Cook-Kerri Pottharst, Australia:
"I am very happy with the consistent overall
performance of Nat and Kerri. But of course it is our
mentality that we always want to do better. Our goal was
to be the number one team at the end of the season and
although we played some of our best Volleyball we have
to be happy with the third place.
The team, which impressed me the most this season, was
certainly Misty-Kerri. This team is still very young,
but they played a very consistent Volleyball, have
enormous skills and an exceptional ball control.
Brazilians Adriana-Shelda are also an exception for me.
They are still on top after seven years of partnership,
that's absolutely amazing. But the most outstanding
player in my eyes, was Ana Paula with her partner
Tatiana Minello. She improved her skills enormously
being now solid all the way and the team achieved some
good results in their first season together. But
generally I recognized that all players picked up
compared to the last years and a lot of teams have the
potential to get through to the top."
coach of Ana Paula-Tatiana Minello, Brazil
"We had a very good season, finishing fifth in the
World Ranking and this only our first year. We kind of
expected it to be like that, but in the end we are still
For me the best team on the World Tour this year was
Holly McPeak-Elaine Youngs, they seem to be the most
difficult team to play against, but of course also Kerri
and Misty showed their skills."
Groenhuijzen, coach of Marrit Leenstra-Rebekka
Kadijk, The Netherlands
"Last year was the first beach year for Marrit and
Rebekka and we didn't have any expectations at all. This
year the cards changed and suddenly more pressure was on
the girls, but they did fantastic and learnt to deal
with the pressure very well. The hard work we did during
the winter also showed its success.
For me of course Kerri and Misty have been the team of
the season, they showed so much consistency having only
one ninth place, when they lost against us. But some of
the European teams as well as the Australian teams are
on their way up the top. I think that those teams have
for sure the technical skills, but its still lacking the
mental toughness to deliver more upsets of Brazilian and
coach of Adriana Behar-Shelda Bruno Bede, Brazil:
It was the first time this year that Adriana-Shelda did
not win the World Title since 1997.
"We think that our season was very good this year.
We cannot win everything and therefore we decided at the
beginning of the season to not train as intense as we do
it usually. Next year will be a very important year for
us, as we have to defend the World Champion title in our
home country and the qualifying for the Olympic Games
Generally speaking I must say, that the skill level
among all the teams improved very much compared to the
last years. It is now much harder to win a tournament
and we always have to give our best."
McPeak and Youngs take
last gold of season
McPeak and Youngs steal the
final event from rivals Walsh-May
Vitória, Brazil, September 22 – Americans
Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs won the 2002
FIVB final event on Sunday to capture their
fourth gold medal this year. They defeated
compatriots and World Tour title winners Kerri
Walsh and Misty May 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-10).
The title here in Brazil earns McPeak-Youngs
the fourth place in the 2002 FIVB World
Both teams started the match nervously and
both made uncharacteristic errors, but it was
McPeak-Youngs who overcame their shaky start
and made short work of the first set.
Walsh-May then fought back to secure the
second but succumbed in the decider, admitting
that they had made too many mistakes. “Of
course this silver medal is a little setback,
but overall we are very proud about finishing
number one this year,” said Walsh.
Pic: Holly McPeak,
Player of the Tournament
Press releases /
FIVB and AVP reach
Beach Volleyball World Tour “goes USA” in 2003; World
Championships in 2005.
Argentina - Sept 18, 2002
– The FIVB and AVP have reached an agreement where the
AVP will promote a series of “major” FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Tour events in the USA including a
World Tour “Grand Slam” event in 2003, followed by two
“Grand Slam” events in 2004, FIVB officials have
announced. The AVP will also promote the 2005 Beach
Volleyball World Championships in the USA, which will
be the sport’s richest event ever with at least US
$800,000 prize money.
The announcement was made in Argentina just prior to
the 28th FIVB World Congress *Sept 21-23)
the announcement was made in the Argentine capital
just prior to the 28th FIVB World congress (Sept.
“This is a landmark
agreement involving unprecedented cooperation between
FIVB and AVP by bringing Major Olympic Qualifying
Events to the US in 2003 and 2004 as well as the World
Championships in 2005”, said Dr. Rubén Acosta, FIVB
Leonard Armato, AVP President and Commissioner, said
he was looking forward to staging top class
tournaments that would pay tribute to what has become
the fastest growing summer sport.
“This agreement between FIVB and AVP connects our
expanding AVP Tour with the new world order in beach
volleyball. Not only will we coordinate a global
calendar between the AVP Tour and the FIVB World Tour,
but AVP will promote a series of Grand Slam Olympic
qualifying events in the USA leading up to the 2004
Olympic Games and following the Olympics, in 2005, the
AVP will bring the World Championships back to Los
Angeles wher it was last held in 1997,” Amarto said.
With this agreement, the AVP has recognized the FIVB
as the international governing body for Volleyball and
Beach Volleyball and the FIVB has recognized the AVP
as the official tour of the USA. Both organizations
agree that AVP players in good standing are eligible
to participate in events of either Tour under an
orderly system designed to support both the AVP Tour
and FIVB World Tour. The FIVB and AVP Tours will
therefore remain “open tours” and both organizations
have pledged to respect each other’s activities and
will work together to avoid clashes of main events on
their calendars. They will also cooperate to try to
enhance television exposure in the USA. The FIVB and
Mr. Armato are also discussing the possibility of
staging additional events in the USA, such as charity
events, Junior World Championships and others.
“Beach Volleyball has come of age and is enjoying a
boom in popularity in many countries. We look forward
to working closely with the AVP to promote major
events in the USA,” said Angelo Squeo, FIVB Beach
Volleyball Coordinator. Squeo said the agreement would
open tremendous opportunities for athletes, sponsors,
media and broadcasters.
Beach Volleyball was born on the beaches of California
in the late 1920’s and has been a full Olympic
discipline since 1996.
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Gold for Laciga Brothers at
Palma de Mallorca, Spain, September
8 -Swiss brothers Paul and Martin Laciga won the 2002 FIVB Mallorca Open to capture their second title this year by wiping out Brazilians Marcio Araujo-Benjamin 2-0 (21-17, 27-25).
The match was a tough battle with neither team willing to
concede at point. "It was a very hard match. I was already
very tired," said Paul Laciga. The match was an
emotional experience on both sides of the net and
offered the capacity crowd some great rallies. Martin
Laciga delivered an outstanding performance, for which he was voted Speedo player of the
Earlier, the Bronze medal went to another Brazilian pair Emanuel-Ricardo who defeated compatriots
Para-Harley 2-0 (21-15, 24-22). "I am very proud of
us," said Emanuel and continued "Two individualists found together in good
team!" It is the first medal for Emanuel-Ricardo in their first
tournament. this was a good tournament for Brazilian
players who took four out of possible six medals and underlined
their dominance on the international circuit.
On Saturday Adriana Behar and Shelda Bruno Bede won the
women's tournament, beating Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May in
an action packed match 2-1 (21-13, 17-21, 16-14). The Bronze medal went to another Brazilian pair Ana Paula-Tatiana Minello who knocked out Czech duo Eva Celbova- Sonia Dosoudilova 2-0 (21-10, 21-19).
Pic: Gold for Paula and Martin Laciga of
Press releases /
Greece celebrates a
great Under 18 Championship
Xylokastro, Greece, Sept 1, 2002 - Hot
times for Brazilian boys and Dutch girls at the FIVB Under-18 World Championships
on Sunday when Pedro Salgado and Ian borges and Sanne
Keizer- Arjanne Stevens walked away with the titles.
Germany picked up silver and bronze in the women's
competitons and Greece, with Andreas Gortisanouk and
Theodoris Papadimitru (see pic) won the silver medal.
Russians Rouslan Daynov - Yaroslav Koshkarev
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meets the future Beach Volleyball stars in Xylokastro:
ahead in the 2002 Beach Volleyball World Rankings? (As
Grand Slam in
IT ON TV:
FIVB 2003 Beach Volleyball World Championship
October dates set for Copa Cabana Beach
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, August 27, 2002 – Dates
have now been fixed for the much-awaited 2003
Beach Volleyball World Championship, to be held on
the fabulous Copa Cabana Beach in Brazil’s Rio de
The Championship has been fixed for October 14-19,
2003, a date approved by host broadcasters of the
event, Brazil’s TV Globo.
“We are very glad to fix the dates for the 2003
Championship, which will certainly be our most
important event next season,” said Angelo Squeo,
FIVB Beach Volleyball Coordinator.
The Championship, returns to the “spiritual home”
of Beach Volleyball in a year in which tournaments
count towards the all-important Olympic
Brazil produces some of the best Beach
Volleyballers in the world and organizers have
already promised an event to cap the success of
the last Championship held in Klagenfurt, Austria
in 2001, when Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde
of Argentina won the men’s title from Brazilians
Ricardo and Loiola (Alex “Ricardo” Costa Santos
and José Geraldo Loiola), while Adriana Behar and
“Shelda” Bruno Beda defeated Sandra Pires and
Tatiana Minello in an all Brazilian final for the
Brazilian men change partners
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 27 - In a
surprise move, the leading Brazilian men’s Beach
Volleyball teams have changed partners in the
closing stages of the current season, citing
longer term plans to prepare in their new
combinations for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens,
the Brazilian Volleyball Federation has advised
The season’s top male combination of Ricardo and
Loiola (Alex “Ricardo” Costa Santos and José
Gerlado Loiola), who lead the rankings with 1,820
points, and third-placed Emanuel-Tande (Emanuel
Rego and Alexandre “Tande’ Samuel Ramos)
are reshuffling the cards and will play the last two
events of the 2002 season as Tande-Loiola and
Ricardo and Loiola will now forfeit the Speedo
“gold shirts” as season’s leaders, which will go
to second-placed Mariano Baracetti and Martin
Alejo Conde of Argentina, the current World
Champions. Likewise, the Speedo “silver shirts”
for second place will revert to the Canadian team
John Child and Mark Heese, however as eight of the
10 of the season’s World Tour stops have now be
played, Ricardo-Loyola and Emanuel-Tande will
continue to appear as teams on the season’s
rankings. With another 600 points up for grabs
(300 for a win of each of the final two events in
Mallorca, Spain and Fortaleza, Brazil) is now
theoretically possible for a number of the top ten
teams to unseat the leaders and steal the honor of
being the season’s winners.
Graz, Austria, 29 June -
Tired but happy, Mono Baracetti and Martin
Conde continued their love affair with
Austria and Beach Volleyball when they won
the inaugural Beach Volleyball World Trophy
here in the heart of Austria. The pair won
their World Championship title last summer
at the FIVB World Championship in Klagenfurt
in the south of Austria, when 102,000 people
watched the five-day tournament.
Beach Volleyball goes for the "Jump Serve" in Egypt
Intent on increasing the number of Beach Volleyball players in their country, the Egyptian Federation has announced the establishment of the first national Beach Volleyball League, which will commence in July..
The competition will be held in four different cities. Alexandria will host the first round, Domiat for the second, Port Said for third round and the capital of Cairo for the fourth round.
The champion will be the team that secures the best result over the four events, which will finish on August 16.
All clubs in the Egyptian Volleyball League, and the Under-21 League will enter teams in the series.
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Leading Brazilian men change partners
Switzerland, August 27 - In a surprise move, the
leading Brazilian men’s Beach Volleyball teams
have changed partners in the closing stages of
the current season.
Ricardo-Loiola harmony in Klagenfurt More...
FIVB 2003 Beach Volleyball
Dates have now been fixed for the much-awaited 2003
Beach Volleyball World Championship, to be held on
the fabulous Copa Cabana Beach in Brazil’s Rio de
OF THE WEEK
Women’s Beach Volleyball circuit features
not only outstanding athletes but also a
number of new mums.
Pic Caption: Laura Bruscini with her
for World Tour rankings:
confirmed for 2003 Beach Volleyball World
and Italy to host
Beach Volleyball Junior World Championships
Feb 2002 -
Volleyball World Championship
'Best Event of 2001'
becomes Player's Representative as Silva takes on Children's
of Beach Volleyball's greatest players,
Brazil's Jackie Silva and Kerri-Ann
Pottharst of Australia have both decided
to make special contributions to their
sport. Jack Silva has launched a special
program in Rio de Janeiro to help
integrate children and prevent the use of
drugs and Kerri-Ann Pottharst has agreed
to become the official women players'
representative on the FIVB beach
Volleyball Permanent Committee. Full
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