Lausanne, Switzerland, March 20, 2020 – In consideration of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and to protect the health and wellbeing of all involved, the FIVB has announced changes to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour events scheduled for May.
Given the current global travel limitations, the FIVB and the event organisers have mutually agreed that the following event postponements, and one cancellation, are in the best interests of the participants’ health, and are also the fairest solution for the players.
• 1-star event scheduled for 6-9 May in Tuan Chau Island, Vietnam – postponed
• 4-star event scheduled for 6-10 May in Itapema, Brazil – postponed
• 3-star event scheduled for 6-10 May in Jurmala, Latvia – postponed
• 4-star event scheduled for 20-24 May in Ostrava, Czech Republic – postponed
• 4-star event scheduled for 27-31 May in Warsaw, Poland – cancelled
In regards to the postponed events, the FIVB will continue to work closely with the organisers to find the best alternative dates for the events to be held. This will be communicated to beach volleyball stakeholders at a later stage. Latest updates for the beach volleyball event calendar can be found here.
The FIVB’s top priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of the players, officials, and fans. The FIVB is regularly monitoring the evolving situation in full cooperation with the World Health Organisation, the IOC and other relevant international and national health and sports authorities.
The FIVB is also reassessing all events scheduled for June, and is in ongoing discussions with Continental Confederations regarding future Continental Cup events. The FIVB acknowledges that further changes to the beach volleyball calendar are likely, and is in contact with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about revising the beach volleyball qualification system for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Any potential changes will be communicated to all the relevant stakeholders as soon as possible.
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