2000 OLYMPIC GAMES DRAWING OF LOTS
BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTS 26th AUGUST 2000, BILBAO (ESP)
After the opening of the Bondi Beach stadium in Sydney last week, the Olympic Beach Volleyball Tournaments
added another important step with the drawing of lots held at the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
(ESP) on Saturday 26th August.
In front of an audience, which included participating teams, media from all over the world, past Olympians,
honorary guests and the General Deputy of Bizkaia, this drawing of lots was successfully held marking the
final twenty days for the start of Sydney 2000 competition. The event was organised by the German
promoter Challenge in co-operation with the FIVB, CEV and Bizkaia.
While the participants were already announced on the 15th August, the match-ups of the 24 men's and
24 women' teams of the first round have know been determined. This is the real start of the Olympic Games,
FIVB World Beach Volleyball Council President Sinjin Smith said. More than three hundred teams representing
more than 50 countries tried to qualify for the Olympics.
In both the men's and women's competition, the 24 teams will first play an elimination phase to determine
the 16 teams of the final phase, which will be played with single elimination. While the top ranked host
country team of Australia is the number 1 seed in both the men's and women's tournament, the other seeds
were determined according to the FIVB Olympic Ranking.
The Olympic Beach Volleyball Tournaments will take place from 16th till 26th September on Bondi Beach in
Sydney, Australia. The elimination phase is scheduled for 16th till 19th September, while the final phase starts
on the 21st September. The women's medal matches will be played on the 25th September, while the men's
medal matches will be on 26th September.
After this drawing of lots and the preparation of the brackets, the FIVB and SOCOG will announce the exact
match schedule, which will be released in one week.
Please find below the results of the draw of both the men's and women's competition.
Prosser-Zahner (AUS) vs Sotelo-Ibarra (MEX)
Kvalheim-Maaseide (NOR) vs Maia-Brenha (POR)
Child-Heese (CAN) vs Jodard-Pernigaud (FRA)
Holden-Leinemann (CAN) vs Wong-Heidger (USA)
Blanton-Fonoimoana (USA) vs Oefke-Scheuerpflug (GER)
Palinek-Lebl (CZE) vs Laciga P.-Laciga M. (SUI)
Ze Marco-Ricardo (BRA) vs Berg-Dahl (SWE)
Ahmann-Hager (GER) vs Bosma-Diez (ESP)
Kjemperud-Hoidalen (NOR) vs Stamm-Berger (AUT)
Raffaelli-Pimponi (ITA) vs Martinez-Conde (ARG)
Baracetti-Salema (ARG) vs Ermishin-Kouchnerev (RUS)
Grinlaubs-Slack (AUS) vs Emanuel-Loiola (BRA)
Cook-Pottharst (AUS) vs Gaxiola-Galindo (MEX)
Maria Jose-Pereira (POR) vs Xiong-Chi (CHN)
Takahashi-Teru Saiki (JPN) vs Ishizaka-Rii Seike (JPN)
Gattelli-Perrotta (ITA) vs Gooley-Manser (AUS)
Bruschini-Solazzi (ITA) vs Karadassiou-Sfyri (GRE)
Hudcova-Tobiasova (CZE) vs McPeak-May (USA)
Jordan-Davis (USA) vs Tholen-Straton (AUS)
Prawerman-Rigaux (FRA) vs Friedrichsen-Musch (GER)
Schmidt-Staub (GER) vs Jingkun-Tian Jia (CHN)
Grossat-Peraza (CUB) vs Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel (BRA)
Schoon Kadijk-Kadijk (NED) vs Dosoulidova-Celbova (CZE)
Yanchulova-Yanchulova (BUL) vs Adriana Behar-Shelda (BRA)