World Tour events get five-star treatment


A busy agenda awaited the World Tour Council on Wednesday

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 30, 2016 - Beach volleyball event promotors and members of the World Tour Council  reviewed the new five-star structure for next's year's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, the 2017 beach volleyball calendar and preparations for the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna, Austria from July 28 to August 6 at a meeting at the FIVB headquarters on Wednesday.

The new five-star structure is in place for the Beach Volleyball World Tour between 2017 and 2020 and will see all events on the tour assigned a star rating between one and five as the International Volleyball Federation continues to reform its competitions, delivering the best possible events for its athletes, fans and sponsors. Five and four star will be the highest level elite events while three, two and one star events will be there to develop the sport in as many regions as possible.

The meeting covered all aspects of the new structure being implemented for the FIVB's World Tour events, from technical and organisational considerations to marketing and television matters.

The new World Tour event structure is the latest step taken by the FIVB, under the leadership of FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, to modernise and streamline its competitions as it looks to enter into a golden period for volleyball on the back of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and on the “road to Tokyo 2020”. It will replace the current system in which the World Tour is made up of Grand Slams, Majors and Opens and instead organisers will be given greater flexibility in the naming of their events with the requirement that the specific star rating is included.

The aim of the new structure is to drastically increase the number of events in a growing number of hosting countries and create a sustainable business model while providing additional commercial flexibility and opportunities.

The five star structure will make the hierarchy of the events within the World Tour clearer to fans, sponsors and broadcasters. Each event will need to fulfil specific criteria set by the FIVB depending on the star ranking in order to ensure consistency across the World Tour for each category. The criteria include the level and quality of facilities, technology and infrastructure, the type of competition format, prize money, world ranking points, and requirements for TV production and broadcasting.

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