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10/07/2020 12:15
#EuroBeachVolley returns to Jurmala for the major highlight of the summer!
News from the CEV

Luxembourg, July 10, 2020. There is a major highlight coming up for Beach Volleyball players, fans and all other stakeholders, with the CEV Board of Administration confirming at their virtual meeting on Tuesday that the 2020 edition of EuroBeachVolley will be taking place from September 16 to 20 in Jurmala, Latvia. The continental showpiece event will return to Majori beach after Latvia’s most popular seaside resort previously crowned the best Beach Volleyball teams in Europe in the summer of 2017.

*UPDATE Following a request from the local organisers, it has been agreed that the women’s tournament will run from September 15 to 19, while the men’s competition will begin on September 16 and end on September 20.

The white, sandy, iconic beach of Majori is a very popular destination not only for tourists, but for Beach Volleyball players as well. A major international Beach Volleyball competition took place for the very first time in Jurmala back in 2014, with a CEV Satellite, before the organisers stepped it up with the delivery of a CEV men’s-only Masters in 2015, a double-gender event in 2016 and the historic EuroBeachVolley a year later.  

Beach Volleyball has literally found its home in Latvia, especially following the bronze medal claimed by Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins at the London 2012 Olympics. Latvia’s success story in the sport has gone from strength to strength since those glory days at Horse Guards Parade, with Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs claiming the men’s continental crown in 2015 in Klagenfurt before Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka achieved the same feat in the women’s competition last year in Moscow.

Obviously, with the safety and well-being of all people involved as their top priority, the CEV and the local organisers will implement strict measures and follow good hygiene practices and the most recent guidelines provided by international and national health authorities to make sure that the event goes ahead while reducing the risk of coronavirus infection.

“We are delighted that we can offer to our top European Beach Volleyball athletes a unique platform to perform during this challenging time,” said CEV President Aleksandar Boričić. “Together with the local organisers, we genuinely wish to send out a clear message that the European Volleyball family is ready to resume activities for all our stakeholders and especially for our elite European Beach Volleyball athletes. The CEV would like to thank the Latvian Volleyball Federation for stepping up to organise an event of this magnitude in this unprecedented situation and is determined to work closely with the local team for the preparation and delivery of a remarkable event while providing safe conditions for all involved.”