Luxembourg City, July 15 (IANS) The FIVB and European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) have confirmed that a mens and womens 1-star event will be taking place from August 20 to 23 at the Strandbad venue in Baden, Austria, while international competition will return to Vilnius, Lithuania with a 1-star event of their own from September 10-13.
According to FIVB, the Strandbad in Baden is one of Austria’s most popular destinations for beach volleyball teams and has been home to several prestigious international competitions over the past decade.
The Baden 1-star event will take place almost two and a half weeks after the completion of the 1-star World Tour stop in Ljubljana, Slovenia as the FIVB aims to ensure the safe return of beach volleyball events.
Baden had been due to host one of the three events scheduled for the second stage of the CEV Continental Cup, but these were all postponed until the spring of 2021 in light of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Lithuanian Volleyball Federation (LTF) has confirmed the cancellation of a 2-star women’s event scheduled for late August in Klaipeda.
However, in an effort to provide opportunities for players to compete, the LTF has confirmed plans to organise a 1-star men’s and women’s event on September 10-13 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
This will mark the return of international competition to the Lithuanian capital after the reopening of a fully refurbished Beach Volleyball Centre in late June.
Additionally, the local organisers of a 2-star women’s event in Larnaka, Cyprus have decided to reschedule the event for September 25-27 to avoid a clash with the CEV European Beach Volleyball Championship 2020 in Jurmala, Latvia on September 16-20.