CEV Hygiene Guidelines - Beach Volleyball Specifications
In order to support the work of promoters / event organisers, the CEV has developed a specific set of guidelines to aid the safe delivery of Beach Volleyball competitions for players, coaches, officials and all other people involved. This document completes and complements the ‘generic’ CEV Hygiene Guidelines as well as any specific protocols issued by the relevant national health authorities of the host country about the conditions to fulfil for the organisation of sporting events in times of coronavirus pandemic.
Updates - August 24
With much regret and disappointment, the Cyprus Volleyball Association and the Municipality of Larnaka have informed the CEV that they unfortunately have to cancel the FIVB World Tour 2-Star women’s tournament due to take place in late September in Larnaka.
The decision is due to a resurgence in the number of COVID-19 infections registered across the Mediterranean island. The Cyprus Epidemiological Monitoring Unit and the Ministry of Health have announced the introduction of new measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, including strict guidelines for foreigners travelling to Cyprus.
This negative evolution has ultimately affected the preparations for the World Tour event and has hindered the organisers’ ability to secure much-needed financial help to support the delivery of an international tournament of this calibre and significance.
Despite this setback, the Cyprus Volleyball Association will continue to review possibilities to organise Beach Volleyball and other international Volleyball events in Cyprus, doing so as soon as the conditions allow and the pandemic is brought under control.
Updates - July 14
The CEV Board of Administration confirmed at their last virtual meeting that the 2020 edition of EuroBeachVolley will be taking place from September 16 to 20 in Jurmala, Latvia. The continental showpiece event will return to Majori beach after Latvia’s most popular seaside resort previously crowned the best Beach Volleyball teams in Europe in the summer of 2017. Further information is available on the official website https://eurobeachvolley.cev.eu.
*UPDATE Following a request from the local organisers, it has been agreed that the women’s tournament will run from September 15 to 19, while the men’s competition will begin on September 16 and end on September 20.
Moreover, the CEV Board of Administration approved the application sent by the Turkish Volleyball Federation to host the 2020 edition of #EuroBeachVolleyU22 at Efes Selçuk Pamucak Beach in Izmir from September 23 to 27, 2020. The very same venue will be playing host to the U18 continental championship as well, doing so a week earlier, i.e. from September 16 to 20.
In another update to the World Tour calendar, the FIVB and CEV have confirmed the following:
• Addition to the programme of a 1-Star double-gender competition in Baden, Austria, scheduled to run from August 20 to 23
• Cancellation of the 2-Star women’s-only event due to take place in the city of Klaipeda, Lithuania, in late August
• The Lithuanian Volleyball Federation will be playing host to a 1-Star double-gender event in Vilnius instead, with the tournament running from September 10 to 13
• In order to avoid a clash with EuroBeachVolley, the CEV and the local organisers have agreed to push back the 2-Star women’s event in Larnaka, Cyprus to September 25 to 27.
Updates - June 19
The CEV and the respective organisers have confirmed the delivery of four World Tour tournaments in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Montpellier (France), Klaipeda (Lithuania), and Larnaka (Cyprus). These will provide Beach Volleyball players with the opportunity to relive the feeling of international competition after the novel coronavirus brought the sport to a standstill since earlier this spring.
On the other hand, the organisers of the events due to take place in Ios (Greece), Bettystown (Ireland), Vaduz (Liechtenstein) and Sønderborg (Denmark) have announced the cancellation of these tournaments due to restrictions still in place in their respective countries, which prevent the delivery of sporting events and / or any sort of large gatherings.
International Beach Volleyball will return at the end of July in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, with a 1-Star double gender event due to run there from July 30 to August 2.
The events in Klaipeda and Montpellier will be taking place as previously announced at the end of August. The men’s 1-Star tournament in Montpellier will run from August 25 to 29, with Klaipeda playing host to the very first World Tour on Lithuanian soil from August 27 to 30, for what will be a much-anticipated 2-Star women’s only competition.
Larnaka will host the last event currently scheduled for the summer of 2020, with the Cyprus Volleyball family looking forward to hosting elite women’s Beach Volleyball teams after postponing the 2-Star event initially planned for July to September 18-20.
Updates - June 5
The 2020 edition of #EuroBeachVolleyU20 will be taking place in Brno from September 9 to 13. These dates will allow more time for teams to train and prepare for the event, as restrictions are slowly easing down across Europe, as well as for the organisers to secure the successful delivery of the competition. The tournament was originally due to run from August 12-16 in the Czech second-largest city.
The Dutch Volleyball Federation have informed the CEV that, due to restrictions in place to avoid large gatherings as much as possible in order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, they are not able to host this year’s #EuroBeachVolleyU22 due to take place from September 2 to 6 in the city of Vlissingen. Further updates on the eventual re-scheduling and re-allocation of the event shall follow in due course.
Updates - May 8
The organisers of the inaugural 2-Star event in Klaipeda, Lithuania, initially due to take place from July 2 to 5, have announced plans to postpone this tournament to August 27-30, with further updates to follow in early June.
Another 2-Star women’s only event was due to take place from July 10-12 in Larnaka, Cyprus. The organisers are currently holding talks with national and local authorities to postpone, if conditions allow, the event to the month of September.
Volleyball Ireland and the local organisers of the historic 1-Star men's only event in Bettystown are currently assessing the situation on the ground and have expressed the wish to postpone the tournament originally due to run from July 17 to 19 to a later date.
The health of athletes, coaches, officials, fans, organisers and everyone associated with our sport remains our top priority at this stage and must therefore prevail over all other interests.
The CEV Board of Administration identified during its meeting on 23 April 2020 a number of options to re-start Beach Volleyball activities when conditions allow, the wish of the CEV leadership remains to provide as much flexibility as possible to all parties involved in order to respect the decisions and policies of the relevant international health organisations and respective national authorities across Europe.
In the frame of the CEV Contingency plan, the following decisions have been taken for the pending and upcoming European Beach Volleyball competitions in 2020 and 2021:
CEV Senior Beach Volleyball competitions
To re-schedule all confirmed CEV managed Beach Volleyball World Tour events to late summer.
In case an event has to be cancelled, the latest deadline to do so is one month prior to the scheduled date.
Aim to organise a CEV EuroBeachVolley 2020 late summer in The Netherlands if the overall circumstances will allow us to do so.
CEV Age Group Beach Volleyball European Championships
To reschedule the 2020 CEV Age-Group Beach Volleyball European Championships to the period August/September 2020:
Deadline to cancel these Final Rounds is set for 15 July 2020;
In case a Final Round has to be cancelled, the European spots for the respective Beach Volleyball Age group World Championships in 2021 will be allocated according to the respective 2020 European Age group Ranking.
CEV Continental Cup
To re-open the tender for the organisation of the 2nd phase of the CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup to be held in April-May 2021, with priority given to those National Federations appointed for the postponed events this year.
To re-open tender for the CEV Continental Cup Final to be held from 21 to 27 June 2021 and to reconsider exceptionally the organisational and financial condition in order to make it more attractive for the organiser.