Dear Beach Volleyball Community

So far, we only knew a scenario like the current one from the fiction of various apocalypse movies. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this challenging time: the certainty that we have to put down everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus. A logical conclusion that, however, has a dramatic impact on all of us.

Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that, in turn, means for us that currently, nobody can assume the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After extensive discussions with the International Federation, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives from the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two Major tournaments. And we can no longer contribute to the upgrade of the event in Gstaad.

We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment, we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and unwavering commitment.

My thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years. I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year:

Goosebumps don't lie - See you @ the Beach!

Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

African qualifiers confirmed for Hamburg!

26.04.2019 - Abuja, Nigeria

Eight teams confirmed spots for seven nations at the World Championships in Germany at this week’s Africa Beach Volleyball Cup.

Teams representing Mozambique, Morocco, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Egypt, Mauritius and Nigeria are heading to Hamburg.

With no African teams among the top 23 teams in the world, the continent’s representatives at the Rothenbaum was decided at this week’s Africa Beach Volleyball Cup in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

The four semifinalists in the competition each booked their place for this year’s showpiece event in Germany.

In the men’s division, Mozambique, Morocco, Rwanda and Sierra Leone will head to north Germany.

And Rwanda will have two teams competing at Hamburg as their women’s teams also qualified, alongside teams from Mauritius, Nigeria and Egypt. 2016 Olympian Doaa Elghobashy and teammate Farida El Askalany confirmed Egypt’s first ever women’s team to play at a World Championships.

Tochukwu Nnoruga and Fransica Ikhiede of Team Nigeria defeated Rakatou Seydou and Roukaya Garba of Niger Republic 21-18, 21-16 to earn Nigeria their first ever appearance in either gender in World Championship history.

Reacting to the result, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod was delighted to see the team book their ticket to the finals.

He said: “Qualifying to the world championship is what we have being looking forward for; because it is one of the reasons we are hosting the games.”

The competition will continue over the weekend to find a winner but four teams per gender that made the semifinals are assured of a place at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by comdirect and ALDI Nord.

Each qualifying nation will now choose which individual players will form the teams that head to Hamburg.

Congratulations to all the winners – see you at the Rothenbaum!