Lausanne, 7th December 2007 - 24 teams for Men and 24 teams for Women will compete from 9th to 22nd August 2008 in the amazing Olympic venue of Chaoyang Park. The Olympic Qualification process has started on the 1st of January 2007 and will end on 20th July 2008. It will qualify the best Chinese team and 23 teams with the highest ranking in 8 Olympic Qualification Tournaments. A maximum of 2 teams per each country are eligible in the entry list. In order to respect the universality principle of the Olympic Games, in the event that a continent does not have any teams qualified, the 23rd place (and, if applicable, the 22nd place, etc.) of the Olympic Qualification ranking will be granted to the highest ranked eligible team. The Olympic Qualification Tournaments for Beach Volleyball are all the events of the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour and CEV Continental Championship Finals, recognized by FIVB.
The drawing of lots for the Pools’ composition for the Beach Volleyball Olympic Games will take place in Gstaad, Switzerland, on 26th July 2008. A big event will take place on Saturday, during the ongoing Grand Slam.
The provisional Olympic ranking is now published on the FIVB website
Michael Bradley Photography