Monday, 13 September 1999

Beach Volleyball World Tour:
the FIVB prepares the Olympic year turn

During the first week of September, the FIVB's headquarters in Lausanne
hosted the annual Beach Volleyball meetings: the Permanent Committee and the World Council. Major decisions were made concerning the future of Beach Volleyball. Here are the most important ones:

FIVB World Tour 2000 tentative calendar
14 men's and 9 women's Opens have been confirmed so far for the next season, to reach an overall prize money of nearly 4 million US$. The number of events and the prize money have both increased compared to season 99. The following events have been tentatively confirmed:

- Men: Argentina in Mar del Plata (Jan. 12-16), Brazil (Jan. 18-23), Mexico
in Acapulco (April 5-9), Russia in Moscow - to be confirmed - (May 31-June4), Canada in Toronto (June 14-18), Spain in Tenerife (June 21-25), Germany in Berlin (June 28-July 2), Norway in Stavanger (July 5-9), Italy in Lignano (July 12-16), France in Marseilles (July 19-23), Portugal in Espinho (July 26-30), Austria in Klagenfurt (Aug. 2-6), Belgium in Ostende (Aug. 9-13), Brazil (Nov. 28 - Dec. 3).

- Women: Brazil (Feb. 1-6), Australia in Sydney - test event for the OG -
(March 1-5), Mexico in Acapulco (April 5-9), Canada in Toronto (June
14-18), France in Marseilles (July 18-22), Portugal in Espinho (July
25-29), Japan in Osaka (Aug. 2-6), China in Dalian (Aug. 9-13), Brazil
(Oct. 31-Nov. 5),

The Belgium and China Opens will be the last to enter in the Qualification
process to Sydney 2000. Other World Tour events are still being negotiated for 2000.

The FIVB will release the definitive official 2000 World Tour Calendar by
mid-October. Updated World Tour Calendars 2000 and 2001 can be found on the FIVB website: http://www.fivb.org/beach.

World Championships
The conditions to organise the 2001 and 2003 Senior and 2000 Junior World Championships have been circulated to all the World council members (promoters and representatives or national federations). All promoters interested in the 2001 World Championships have until the end of this year to apply.

Starting from the 2000 season, an important change is introduced with
immediate implementation: let service is in play. This means that if the
ball touches the net while serving and reaches the opposite side, the play
must continue. The warning system for misconduct has moreover been restored as it was in the past: yellow card: warning - red card, 1 point to the opponent. Moreover, the World council confirmed his decision to
progressively tend to professional refereeing.

Olympic Games qualification
The World Council clarified that the 8 best results to count for the OG
qualification process are 8 team results. European players can include one
of the CEV (European Volleyball Confederation) Tour's Finals, either 1999
or 2000 edition, in their 8 best performances to count for the Olympic
qualification. The CEV Final 2000 is scheduled in Palma de Mallorca July
15-16 for women and July 17-18 for men. A provisional Olympic Qualification ranking will be released by the end of this week. The Olympic Beach Volleyball tournaments are scheduled Sept. 16-26 in Bondi Beach, Sydney, featuring 24 women's and 24 men's teams.