The highly successful 2023 beach volleyball season and 2024 calendar were discussed

The FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission this week celebrated what has been a remarkable year for the sport during its annual meeting which was held in a hybrid format, with the Commission President Vicente Araujo and Secretary Edward Drakich both joining from the FIVB Headquarters.

During the meeting, the Commission reflected on the successful Beach Pro Tour 2023 with 51 events all across the world, including 9 Elite16, 10 Challenge, 31 Futures events. The second season of the tour is set to culminate with the Finals in Doha later this year.

Another highlight of the year included the fantastic 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, which were held in Mexico for the first time in history. From the stand-alone opening ceremony and 10 days of exciting matches across three cities in the Tlaxcala region, Mexico once again proved its strong hosting credentials with full venues, passionate fans and an incredible atmosphere.

FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° with Ana Gabriela Guevara and Gabriel Ramos at the FIVB Headquarters

Ana Gabriela Guevara, the Sports Minister of Mexico, and Gabriel Ramos, the promoter of the Tlaxcala 2023 World Championships, also attended the meeting from the FIVB Headquarters to share the results of the tournament. Mexican fans are now eagerly anticipating more world-class, international beach volleyball events to be brought to the country in 2024.

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The Commission also heard updates from the next first-time host, Australia, with the country set to stage the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2025, as well as from the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

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With less than a year to go to the Games, beach volleyball is set to again capture the hearts of sports enthusiasts worldwide, with the sport taking centre stage at the iconic Eiffel Tower Stadium where 24 women’s and 24 men’s duos will fiercely compete for Olympic honours.

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In addition, Beach Volleyball Commission members reviewed the Beach Pro Tour 2024 calendar which is set to be released in the coming weeks. They also had the opportunity to listen to the Athletes’ Commission Report and the future strategy for the sport beyond Paris 2024.

Talking at the meeting, FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said:

“Over USD 6 million of prize money was provided during the tour, and more than 1,600 teams participated in the Beach Pro Tour 2023. There is no doubt that the reach of the Beach Pro Tour has inspired more and more teams to participate in zonal, continental and international beach volleyball competitions.

“Currently, there are 2,093 men’s teams from 152 National Federations playing in the Beach Pro Tour or continental and zonal competitions. And there are also 1,856 women’s teams from 131 National Federations participating in events. These are fantastic numbers and it is just the beginning!”


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