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 20:30:00 CEST

Rollercoaster day for Böckermann ends in injury

Knock on the knee knocks out German glee

Markus Böckermann might have qualified for the Olympics today but his smart Major Hamburg is over. Photocredit: Daniel Grund.Markus Böckermann might have qualified for the Olympics today but his smart Major Hamburg is over. Photocredit: Daniel Grund.

The curtain might have come down on another spectacular day at the Rothenbaum but in this game the drama is never over and there was some shock late news on Friday as Germans Lars Flüggen and Markus Böckermann forfeiting Saturday’s quarterfinal.

The pair were due to meet Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov in a tasty last four encounter, but a knee injury to Böckermann means the German fans won’t get to see their heroes again tomorrow. The Russians therefore automatically advance to the semifinals.

Despite the disappointment, the team can take comfort from their victories today which secured their place in the Olympics this summer. Get that knee sorted quick, Markus!