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28/09/2020 16:30
Beach Volleyball season 2020 ends on a high note
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Luxembourg, September 28, 2020. Despite the many challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Beach Volleyball season ended this past weekend on a high note after delivering as many as 752 matches since late July when competition resumed with the 1-Star World Tour event held in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  

The coronavirus pandemic brought sport to a halt across the globe earlier this year, resulting in the cancellation and postponement of many Beach Volleyball tournaments as well. However, with much dedication, hard work from all stakeholders and in compliance with very strict hygiene and health protocols, the 2020 season eventually featured four World Tour events, three age-group European Championships as well as the elite EuroBeachVolley 2020 held on Majori Beach in Jurmala, Latvia, earlier this month.


Anhelina Kmhil and Tetiana Lazarenko helped secure a historic Ukrainian double triumph at #EuroBeachVolleyU18 earlier this month in Izmir

There may be many travel restrictions still in place, but young players representing as many as 35 National Federations had the opportunity to complete on the international stage earlier this month, with the U18 and U22 European Championships held at the very same venue in Izmir, Turkey shortly after completion of the U20 competition in Brno, Czech Republic. In the end, as many as 179 teams accounted for more than 400 matches at this year’s age-group championships, with Russia and Ukraine celebrating a double triumph at the U22 and U18 events, respectively. In the U20 championship, teams from Sweden and Latvia claimed men’s and women’s gold.

Teams from 22 National Federations plus one men’s team and two women’s tandems travelling all the way from Chile featured across the four World Tour events held in Slovenia, Austria, France and Lithuania – with the city of Vilnius playing host to the very first such tournament ever held on Lithuanian soil. With the event in Montpellier a men’s only competition and the others being double-gender tournaments, the figures in terms of number of participating teams and matches played stand at 153 and 237, respectively.