FIVB Beachvolley World Championship 2011 in Rome
Sunday, 18 October 2009 22:22
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 17, 2009 – The "Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB)", the National Olympic Committee of Italy (CONI) and the Italian Volleyball Federation are pleased to announce that the 2011 SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships will be held in the Italian capital of Rome from June 17-26.
The eighth edition of the SWATCH FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, which features total prize money of US$1 million, will be held in the famed sports complex - the Foro Italico - next to the 1960 Olympic Stadium and will mark the third time that it has hosted a FIVB World Tour event, with an inaugural Open event held in 2009 and a Grand Slam proposed for May, 2010.
“Italy has been synonymous with Volleyball for a long time so it is with great pleasure that one of the strongest nations in Volleyball will host such an important FIVB event,” FIVB Executive Vice President and President of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission Mr. Ary Graça said. “With the world’s best athletes performing at one of the most inspirational venues on the World Tour, we can expect another high quality edition of the SWATCH FIVB World Championships, which continues to go from strength to strength.”
"I am extremely grateful for this prestigious commitment,” CONI Servizi CEO Mr. Raffaele Pagnozzi said. “We are particularly proud that the FIVB has given Italy the honour to host such a prestigious event such as the SWATCH FIVB World Championships that will take place in Foro Italico, fully respecting architectural aspects and monuments of the historical area of Rome."
“Rome has a strong history when it comes to hosting key sporting events, such as the Olympic Games and the recently completed swimming world championships,” Italian Volleyball Federation President Carlo Magri said. “And the Italian Volleyball Federation is honoured to have this new event, which is the most celebrated tournament of a discipline that in a few years will become one of the most followed and practiced in the world. For Italy to host both the FIVB Volleyball and Beach Volleyball World Championships in successive years is testament to the high esteem our Federation is held internationally.”
The 2011 SWATCH FIVB World Championships will feature 96 athletes (48 per gender), double the number of pairings at an Olympic Games, with men and women competing for $500,000 in prize money per gender in what is the largest stadium on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour where 10,000 fans will partake in the action, day and night.
Previous SWATCH FIVB World Championships included the very successful 2009 edition in Stavanger, Norway. Other editions were following:
2007 - Gstaad, Switzerland, 2005 - Berlin, Germany, 2003 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2001 - Klagenfurt, Austria, 1999 - Marseille, France, 1997 - Los Angeles, USA.
Prior to 1997, the World Championships were played yearly in Brazil from 1986.