Greece returns to world beach volleyball after 13 years with Ios event

 

Overview of Mylopotas Beach on the island of Ios with courts set up and ready for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1* by LuxurIos, starting Friday.

Ios, Greece, June 13, 2019 - After a 13-year hiatus Greece returns tomorrow to the world beach volleyball scene as the qualifiers of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1* by Luxurios get underway at the idyllic Mylopotas Beach on the Cycladic island of Ios.

Greece had last hosted a world event in 2006, when USA's Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh picked up the gold medal of a women's only World Tour stop at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre in Athens.

Thirteen years on at Ios, Marcel Myslivecek / Martin Pihera of the Czech Republic head the 16-team field of the men's Qualification Tournament, alongside France's Florian Gosselin / Jeremy Silvestre.

The Czech pair are competing in their third World Tour event of the season, after finishing 25th in the Ostrava four-star event and 21st at the Baden one-star.

As a team their best performance has been a silver medal at the Samsun one-star World Tour tournament last year.

Top of the women's qualifiers are Turkey's Merve Nezir / Bahanur Gokalp, with Beata Vaida / Ioana-Alexandra Ordean of Romania at No. 2.

The Turkish team are playing in only their third tournament together. They were 13th at the Aydin two-star tournament at home and 5th at the Baden one-star, both this year.

The qualifiers in Ios begin Friday morning with four spots per gender in the Main Draws up for grabs. The 16-team Main Draws follow on Saturday and Sunday.

A total of 12 countries are represented in the men's qualifiers and 10 in the women's event.

Quick links - Beach volleyball:
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour
FIVB.com - Beach volleyball
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