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

2016-06-10 17:26:00 CEST

Allergic reaction to Rio satisfaction

Lombardo laughs in face of illness as Mexico make Olympics

It was a good day for Lombardo Ontiveros! Photocredit: Michael Kunkel. It was a good day for Lombardo Ontiveros! Photocredit: Michael Kunkel.

We don’t know too many people who don’t care when they’re sick but we definitely know that Mexican Lombardo Ontiveros is one of them!

Not everyone is a morning person – we’ve already found that out this week – but when Lombardo woke-up with an illness this morning it was not the ideal preparation for a crucial day’s play.

However, despite suffering badly from an allergic reaction he and partner Juan Virgen battled heroically to win two matches which was enough to win them a place at the Olympic Games in Rio!

A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do, and even if you’re ill you’ve just got to get on with it – especially if the prize is a place on the Copacabana.

“I couldn’t sleep well and I have been sick,” Lombardo told us after his superb win over Latvians Martins Plavins and Haralds Regza on Court 4.

“I had to play and try to qualify – it was hard but you’ve just got to get on with it. And if you carry on it shows magical things can happen.

“I called the doctor and he came early and put some drops in my eyes. It was crazy. I never play with sunglasses but I’ve played with them in two games and won two games.

“It didn’t feel very comfortable but I don’t care!”

The result for the merry Mexicans has certainly added extra spice to this Major on and off the court. Why? Well it denied Germany’s Erdman/Matysik a guaranteed place in the Olympics…and now they need to qualify the hard way through the Continental Cup. It’s fair to say it’s not been a great day for the Germans…

And while we’re on the subject, Canadians Chaim Schalk and Ben Saxton also rubber-stamped their Rio passports too today. Well done guys!

What a day it’s turning out to be. Everything is going to plan! We see heroes in the making and they are realizing their dreams. So excuse us if we’re feeling a little happy right now J

Juan Virgen, pictured right, is off to Rio! Photocredit: Michael Kunkel.Juan Virgen, pictured right, is off to Rio! Photocredit: Michael Kunkel.