FIVB World Continental Cup Olympic Qualification tournament to take place in Russia
The World Continental Cup Olympic Qualification tournament will take place in Russia from July 5-10, 2016
This is the second time that Russia will host the event - the tournament will be the last opportunity for countries to earn a berth at the beach volleyball tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Russian Volleyball Federation President Stanislav Shevchenko said: "We are very happy that we will have the pleasure of organising an event as important as the Olympic qualification. Beach volleyball is one of the favourite sports in Russia. Our organisation of Grand Slam and Open tournaments has been awarded the highest ratings by the FIVB. These two points are the key to the success of any event. We will aim to organise the Olympic qualification event at the highest possible level."
The World Continental Cup Olympic Qualification tournament will see countries play each other in a best of three format over two matches and a Golden Set if required. The round-robin competition will take place over five days and either 10 or 12 teams per gender will participate, depending on whether the host national federation has qualified for the event through the Continental Cup path.
The teams participating in the tournament will play in two pools of five or six countries per gender. The pool winners will then play against the second-placed teams in the other pools, with the winners earning a berth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The FIVB World Continental Cup Olympic Qualification tournament will conclude a qualification process which started in 2014 involving nearly 160 countries.
The groundbreaking Beach Volleyball Continental Cup provides an opportunity for countries to qualify for seven Olympic berths per gender (i.e. two berths from the FIVB World Continental Cup Olympic Qualification tournament in Russia and five berths from the five Continental Cup Finals) in addition to the 15 places on offer through the Olympic Ranking (based on participating teams’ best 12 participations in the FIVB World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour and in the recognised Continental Tour Finals), one berth to the country which won the World Championships and another for the host country (Total: 24 vacancies per gender).
Beach volleyball is expected to be a flagship event at the Rio Olympics - the beach volleyball tournament will take place on the iconic Copacabana beach and is set to enjoy the electric atmosphere generated by Brazil’s volleyball-loving fans.
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