For the first-time since 2001, when the Goodwill Games were organized in Brisbane, Australia will stage a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour as Adelaide will host the world’s best Beach Volleyball players on world famous Glenelg Beach. The 2008 Adelaide Open will feature men’s and women’s competition starting with country quota matches March 25 and ending March 30 with the finals where the final two teams in both genders will be competing for the gold medal purse and qualifying points for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The FIVB Technical Supervisor Lori Okimura is now in Adelaide to give the final check to all the tournaments organization details.
Australia, who already showed to the world outstanding athletes like the Olympic champion Natalie Cook, has maintained a good sport tradition after the success of the Bondi Beach event for the 2000 Olympic Games. Now the Australian Volleyball Federation has decided to increase the speed of its sport development by organizing a new national tour, the Crocs Tour Australia.
AVF President Mr. Chris Schacht explained that “the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour will be the main opportunity for Australian athletes to compete on home soil, showcase their talents and participate in a high quality tour which provides them invaluable playing experience. The Tour will be run in the Australian summer between January and March each year and will include a limited number of international teams in accordance with FIVB regulations.”