Bangkok, Thailand, January 12, 2015 – The FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup is underway in Asia and Oceania, with Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Australia hosting first round tournaments. Watch the video for all the highlights as Asia’s beach volleyball athletes start out on the road to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.
Kaohsiung, in the southwestern corner of Chinese Taipei, hosted teams from the AVC’s Eastern Asia zone, including Hong Kong, Korea, Mongolia, Macau and Chinese Taipei. The men’s teams progressing to the next phase are Chinese Taipei, Korea and Mongolia. In the women’s competition, Hong Kong, Korea and Mongolia qualified for the second phase.
Pathum Thani in Thailand hosted teams from the AVC’s Southeast Asian zone, with Singapore, Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, and the Philippines competing to play in the next round. In the women’s competition, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore progress. In the men’s tournament, Cambodia, the Philippines and Malaysia claimed places in the second round.
Finally, Manly Beach, Sydney hosted the first phase of the Oceania leg of the Continental Cup, with teams from American Samoa, Fiji, Guam, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands traveling to Australia to compete. In the women’s competition, Guam, Fiji and Tuvalu progress to the second phase. In the men’s competition, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands and American Samoa move on to the next round.
The winners of the Asian Continental Cup qualify for the beach volleyball competition at the Rio Olympics in 2016. The competition, however, is also an opportunity for less experienced teams to compete at an international level and boost the development of beach volleyball across the continent.
Caption: Vanuatu and Guam celebrate winning the first phase of the Oceania leg of the Continental Cup, hosted by Australia