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 17:00:00 CEST

Special Olympics 2017 finds a new friend in Klagenfurt

Special Olympics 2017 finds a new friend in Klagenfurt

The presentation of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, Austria 2017The presentation of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, Austria 2017

A new friendship was born on one of the biggest stages for sport in Austria – the A1 Major Klagenfurt embraced the idea of the Special Olympics 2017 and a team from the Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol is currently in the capital of beach volleyball to bring a new and different spirit to the fans.

Between the 14th and the 25th March next year, the Special Olympics 2017 is going to host the World Winter Games in Graz, Schladming and Ramsau, and will have at its disposal the strongest platform to fulfil its goal of driving social change through sport.

Over 3,000 athletes from all around the globe will gather in Austria and prove once again without doubt that people with intellectual disabilities can be an inspiration for our society and become a ‘Heartbeat for the world’, as the slogan of the event states.

Even though the Games will be focused on the winter disciplines, sport is the common language here and the A1 Major Klagenfurt tells the story perfectly. That is why the FH Kufstein team had the chance to engage with passionate beach volleyball fans, meet the stars and introduce the Special Olympics into the spirit of this unique event. Now the students have done the talking – next March it will be the athletes’ turn. 

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