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Beach Volleyball - 17. March 2008.

FIVB President signs official agreement for SWATCH FIVB World Tour Dubai Open

The FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta (right) with UAE Volleyball Association President Mr. Mohamed Abdul Karim Julfar

Lausanne, March 14, 2008 – FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta signed and exchanged contracts with United Arab Emirates Volleyball Association President Mr. Mohamed Abdul Karim Julfar on Friday in Lausanne, confirming the SWATCH FIVB Beach Volleyball Dubai Open in October as part of the SWATCH FIVB 2008 World Tour.

“It is a big pleasure to sign today this agreement with our friends of the United Arab Emirates,” said Dr. Acosta. “This exciting development in Beach Volleyball is the first step on the road to a long and prosperous future collaboration between the FIVB and UAE National Federation.

“The 31st FIVB World Congress in Dubai in June will be a spectacular example of what we will achieve in the Middle East, as will the Dubai Open for Beach Volleyball, and there is also a huge plan for Volleyball in the area,” said Dr. Acosta.

UAE Volleyball Association President Mr. Mohamed Abdul Karim Julfar supported Dr. Acosta’s vision. “I call this period of time ‘The UAE Volleyball Year,’” said Mr. Julfar. “This contract is part of a big project that includes all the events mentioned by Dr. Acosta. Players and fans will have a great time in October, helped by the fantastic weather our country enjoys.

“We are also close to announcing the first Abu Dhabi International Women’s Volleyball Cup with the top eight Women’s teams in the world,” said Mr. Julfar. “There will be one million USD Prize Money for this inaugural event in May.”

The 350,000 USD double gender SWATCH FIVB Dubai Open will take place in Dubai through October 5-11.

On a recent visit to the UAE, the FIVB also talked about the possibility of staging a World Tour Open event from 2009 onwards in Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE.

An exciting new project involving the creation of a permanent Beach Volleyball centre in Dubai for foreign teams wanting to train during winter was discussed as well.

The 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour begins at the Adelaide Australia Open in late March and is scheduled to end with China’s Sanya Open in November. The 20 men’s events and 19 women’s events throughout 2008 will generate a record $8.325 million in Prize Money.

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