Rio de Janeiro, August 15, 2016 - After the overwhelming success of the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, Dutch volleyball fans can look forward to the return of the sport as The Hague has been confirmed as FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour hosts for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons.
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The events will be organised by TIG Sports BV and the Dutch Volleyball Federation in partnership with city of The Hague and the FIVB. FIVB President Dr. Ary Graça today welcomed Deputy Mayor of The Hague Rabin Baldewsingh and representatives from TIG Sports BV and the Dutch Volleyball Federation to the FIVB Volleyball House in Copacabana for the official signing of the agreement.
They were also joined by members of the Netherlands beach volleyball team Jantine van der Vlist and Sophie van Gestel.
As volleyball looks to become the number one family sport entertainment in the world, The Hague has become a popular destination to showcase beach volleyball’s spectator appeal. At the 2015 Beach Volleyball World Championships in the Netherlands, a unique four city concept was introduced which was an overwhelming success. A record total attendance of 106,000 fans from around the world experienced sold-out matches across the Netherlands and The Hague was the location for the semi-finals and final. The city is now working to create a new sports facility in the city and beach volleyball will be the centre of this.
FIVB President Dr. Ary Graça said: “It was a pleasure to sign this agreement. The Hague keeps showing the world how to stage fantastic events and our sport is in a very safe pair of hands. The 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships were a ground-breaking moment for beach volleyball, a record amount of fans attended the event and I’m sure the FIVB World Tour events in The Hague will emulate the success of the 2015 World Championships.”
Deputy Mayor of The Hague Rabin Baldewsingh expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the FIVB President for believing in the Dutch city and spoke about the legacy left behind from the World Championships last year which will be built on in the years to come with the FIVB World Tour events.