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

2016-07-30 19:15:00 CEST

Hard work pays off as Swiss make history

No better time to be a beach volleyball player in Switzerland!

Hüberli/Betschart were stunned at winning their first medal in Klagenfurt. Photocredit: Sebastian Marko.Hüberli/Betschart were stunned at winning their first medal in Klagenfurt. Photocredit: Sebastian Marko.

A week ago Swiss women had never won a medal in the legendary history of beach volleyball in Klagenfurt…

…but now they have not one – but two!

Okay, so they didn’t win the all-important gold – but Switzerland were more than happy to grab second and third place at the A1 Major Klagenfurt as Heidrich/Zumkehr finished as runners-up, while rising stars Hüberli/Betschart landed their first podium finish of their blossoming young careers.

“I’m happy for the federation as the great work and investment is paying off,” a smiling silver medalist Nadine Zumkehr told us. “We’ve got some really good teams – look at those 20-year-old girls winning a medal at a Major!

“The support of the federation has been great, the system is excellent and today is the payback. We’ve got two teams going to Brazil, then we have young players winning medals and consistently reaching quarterfinals – this success is the best it’s been for Swiss beach volleyball.”

Hüberli/Betschart had lost in the quarterfinals at the Poreč Major and in the Olsztyn Grand Slam so they arrived in Klagenfurt in top form – but a bronze medal still came to a shock to the Swiss youngsters.

“Reaching the quarterfinals is a success for us,” said Nina. “This is a big, big surprise – it really is unbelievable. We’ve played without pressure and we’ve tried to get better and better.”

“We’re not a top team!” admitted Tanja. “Bronze is good but I don’t think we have been playing our best all the time. But it’s incredible. I can’t describe my emotions right now. I’m so happy!”

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