Beach Volleyball

Jurmala, Latvia, to host Olympic-qualifying Nations Cup Final!


Article Sun, Jan 14 2024

Delegations from 12 National Federations per gender will be trying to fulfil their Olympic dream when they contest the eagerly anticipated CEV Beach Volley Nations Cup Final 2024 from June 13-16 in Jurmala, Latvia! The winning National Federation in each gender will secure one spot for the Beach Volleyball competition of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.  

A spectacular aerial view of Jurmala, where the Olympic-qualifying Beach Nations Cup Final will be taking place in June

“Latvia has become a force to reckon with in Beach Volleyball, with their teams securing continental titles and medals across CEV age-group championships and at the elite level. With a solid record in the delivery of successful international Beach Volleyball events, I am convinced that the Latvian Volleyball Federation and their partners will be the perfect co-organiser for such an important competition, ultimately defining which countries will seize a highly coveted ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympics.”

Aleksandar Boričić
CEV President

A continental Beach Volleyball event of this calibre returns to Jurmala, Latvia, which many remember for the successful delivery of the 2017 and 2020 editions of EuroBeachVolley as well as of many more high-profile tournaments and competitions. Latvia and the seaside resort of Jurmala have established themselves as a real Beach Volleyball ‘hotspot’ and players vying for the fulfilment of their ultimate Olympic dream could not ask for a more iconic location where to perform and display their fabulous skills in the highly entertaining country vs country format that goes with the Nations Cup. 

The event in Jurmala will feature teams from Latvia as well as from the seven National Federations per gender that emerged victorious from the preliminary phase of the competition held in the spring of 2023. Another four National Federations per gender will be competing in Jurmala based on the results of the 2024 preliminary phase scheduled for this coming May – thereby accounting for 12 countries per gender due to take to the iconic white sandy beach by the Baltic Sea. Click here for further details on the competition format. 

The Mayor of Jurmala, Rita Sproge, unveils the CEV Nations Cup trophy at the gala where the announcement was made that Latvia will host the Olympic-qualifying event

The Nations Cup follows in the footsteps of the CEV Continental Cup, which did count as a continental Olympic qualifying event in 2012, 2016, and 2021. Three years ago, when a ticket to the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics was at stake, Switzerland and the Netherlands did eventually secure the participation of a men’s and women’s team, respectively, via the event held in The Hague. 

“Since 2014, the city of Jurmala has hosted several international FIVB and CEV Beach Volleyball tournaments, including two European Championships and World Tour events. As the largest Beach Volleyball venue in the Baltics, Jurmala offers a stunning 24-kilometer white quartz sand beach, surrounded by pine forests, the sea, and the river. With unique natural resources and a well-developed urban environment, it provides an ideal setting for high-level events. This year is especially significant as the city prepares to host the CEV Nations Cup, a competition for European national teams, offering a valuable opportunity for Latvian athletes to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Jurmala is fully prepared to host foreign athletes and ensure that the tournament is run at the highest level,” says the Mayor of Jurmala, Mrs Rita Sproge