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FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour goes to Qinzhou, China for first time

 
Lausanne, Switzerland, November 30, 2016 - China will present the double-gender FIVB Qinzhou 3-Star Open from October  11 to 15. The event in Qinzhou will be the first on the 2017/18 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. It will be the first time that Qinzhou has hosted a FIVB World Tour event. China has hosted 57 total FIVB World Tour events.

Qinzhou is one of nine Chinese cities to host an international FIVB beach volleyball event. Others have been Beijing, Dalian, Fuzhou, Lianyungang, Maoming, Sanya, Shanghai and Xiamen.

The five-star structure instituted starting with the 2017 FIVB World Tour is one of the many steps taken by the FIVB to modernize and streamline its competitions in a golden period for beach volleyball on the heels of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° said, “The aim of the new structure is to provide a platform and formation of events that increase the number of competitions in a growing number of hosting countries and create a sustainable business model while providing additional commercial flexibility and opportunities.”

China has hosted 57 FIVB World Tour events through 2016, including 24 men’s and 33 women’s tournaments. Host country China has won 19 previous medals on its country’s soil, including two men’s silver medals, six women’s gold medals, seven women’s silver medals, and five women’s bronze medals.

In the 24 FIVB men’s events through 2016, Brazil has the most men’s medals with 25, followed by the United States with 10, Germany with nine, Netherlands and Spain with five each, Switzerland with three, China and France with two each and with one each men’s medal in China have been Argentina, Austria, Italy, Latvia, Mexico and Russia.

Through 33 FIVB women’s events in China through 2016, Brazil leads the medals race with 29 total followed by the United States with 25, China with 17, Germany with 10, Switzerland with five, Australia with four, Austria and Netherlands with three each and with one each women’s medals in China are Argentina, Canada, Italy, Norway and Spain.

With a history of over 1,400 years, Qinzhou is a modern coastal city Guangxi Province of China, and acts as the most convenient access of Southwest China to the sea.

Qinzhou is a prefecture-level city in Guangxi, China, lying on the Gulf of Tonkin and having an urban population of 433,000 and a metropolitan area population of over 3.5 million people.

The area originally belonged to Guangdong and was transferred to Guangxi in 1965. The city was originally in county Qinxian. From the beginning of the present era, Qinzhou was for many centuries the center of Chinese overland trade with Indo-China.

Despite its latitude and location on the Gulf of Tonkin coast, Qinzhou has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate, with short, mild winters, and long, hot and humid summers. Winter begins dry and rather sunny but becomes progressively wetter and cloudier.

The highlight of the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar will be the 2017 FIVB World Championships, a 48-team (per gender) event to be held July 28-August 6 in Vienna, Austria.

The 2017 FIVB World Ranking system will include FIVB Beach Volleyball Major Series, 5-star, 4-star, 3-star, 2-star and 1-star Open events along with additional pre-approved events at the inter-continental, continental and national levels.

Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments are the same, featuring 32-team pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds.

Country quota playoffs are also held, as needed, to determine the final teams for qualification tournaments.

The first men’s FIVB World Tour event was played February 17-22, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while the first women’s FIVB World Tour event in Brazil was played in 1993 in Rio de Janeiro. The women’s FIVB World Tour held its first tournament in Spain in 1992.

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