Osaka, October 3, 2017 – The Japan Volleyball Association hosts their first AVC Beach Volleyball Tour as “Grand Front Osaka Master” from October 6 to 9, which will serve as a stepping stone for Tokyo 2020 Beach Volleyball event organization.
The tournament will be held in Osaka, the largest city of Western Japan. One of two venues, the main court of this tournament, will be in “Grand Front Osaka” where shopping malls, business offices and hotels are all gathered. The makeshift beach volleyball court will be located in the high towers, so that everyone can enjoy its dynamic location. Grand Front Osaka is connected to Osaka Station which incalculable people come and go. Therefore, the number of the spectators is estimated more than 10,000 on the weekends. The other courts are in Kema-Sakuranomiya Park, located beside the great river flows gently. Players and spectators can enjoy beautiful nature in the metropolitan.
Grand Front Osaka Master welcomes 20 women’s teams, including Asian powerhouses Thai Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee, Rampaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak, and Australian Artacho Del Solar/Clancy. From Japan, six representing teams join; FIVB’s Daegu One Star winner Miki Ishii/Megumi Murakami and FIVB’S Agadir One Star runners-up Akiko Hasegawa/Azusa Futami will be in.
For the men’s side, although the Australians McHugh/Schumann are missing, the event will be competitive one. Asian Championship silver medalist Durant will join Schubert and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympians Jefferson/Cherif. Japan are sending four teams to the tournament; 2008 Beijing Volleyball Olympians Yu Koshikawa with Yoshiumi Hasegawa and Yusuke Ishijima pairing with Kensuke Shoji.
Both women’s and men’s events start from the pool preliminaries between October 6 and 7. The final will be on October. 9.
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