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
In 2016, the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series is coming to Austria for the first time. The A1 Major Klagenfurt am Wörthersee/Kärnten once more guarantees a successful tournament which promises a new high-quality standard.
When the first Beach Volleyball Event in Klagenfurt/Kärnten was held in front of just 2,500 fans, nobody could have imagined the magnitude that it would evolve into. Since then it has become one of the summer hot spots and it is impossible to imagine the sports event calendar without it.
After the World Championship in 2011, both the European Championships of 2013 and 2015 have been held in Klagenfurt/Kärnten. The Austrian fans will always bear in mind the home victory of Steffi and Doris Schwaiger in 2013. Klagenfurt, which has been named the “global capital of beach volleyball”, acts as a role model for the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series. From 2016 Klagenfurt is also part of this exclusive series of tournaments and serves as the last trial of strength before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.