China to host beach volleyball Olympic Qualifier
The Copacabana Beach Arena was packed for beach volleyball at Rio 2016
Unlike qualifying for the London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, the Olympic Qualification Tournament in September next year is being kept separate from the FIVB Continental Cup which earns one NOC/NF per gender, per continental confederation a place.
In the two qualifying cycles in 2012 and 2016, the teams that finished second and third had another chance to qualify at the FIVB Continental World Cup, which will not be the case for Tokyo 2020.
Sixteen teams per gender will compete in China. One team per gender will represent China, while the other 15 will come from the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Rankings on July 16 following the 5-star FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland.
The other five places will come from the Continental Cup Finals scheduled on the week of 22-28 June 2020 to ensure that all five continental confederations will be represented at Tokyo 2020. Beach volleyball will take place at Shiokaze Park right on Tokyo’s waterfront and Japan’s capital had a taste of what to expect when it hosted the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 3-Star Tokyo Open at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza in July. A 4-star event will take place in Tokyo at Shiokaze Park from July 24 to 28, 2019, which will also serve as the official test event ahead of the Olympic Games.
Quick links - Beach volleyball:
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