Lausanne, Switzerland, March 9, 2015 - The FIVB welcomes the addition of beach volleyball to the 2018 Commonwealth Games programme after the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) confirmed that the sport will feature at the next Games in Gold Coast 2018.
The inclusion of the sport follows on the back of initial discussions at the 2015 CGF General Assembly in Auckland and will extend the Games sports programme for the first time from 17 to 18 sports, including four team sports. Beach volleyball will feature at the Commonwealth Games for the first time in the history of the event.
Games partners will now scout an accessible venue location that showcases the magnificent beaches and has the capacity to house the temporary infrastructure needed to meet international federation guidelines.
Two 12-team tournaments will be contested during the Games, one for men’s teams and one for women’s teams. A qualification system will be developed in collaboration with the FIVB and will be finalised by July 2016.
Paul Bush OBE, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “Today’s news is a huge boost for beach volleyball and there is no better place to showcase this exciting sport than in Gold Coast. We will now continue to work closely with colleagues at Scottish Volleyball to develop the necessary criteria to ensure that we can select a team that competes with distinction in accordance with the CGS General Selection Policy.”
Excited by the news, Margaret Ann Fleming, Chief Executive of Volleyball Scotland said: “Scottish Volleyball is absolutely delighted that beach volleyball is now included in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. As a sport, in terms of audience viewing, delivery and athlete inspiration, we excelled in the London 2012 Olympics and our addition into the Gold Coast is a further stepping stone for beach volleyball to be recognised as the truly inspirational spectator and performance sport it is. I am confident that our athletes are ready to embrace this opportunity and I look forward to 2018 with optimism.”
Lynne Beattie, London 2012 Olympic volleyball women’s captain and Scotland’s number one international beach athlete said: “I would be overjoyed at the opportunity to represent Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and look forward to hearing more about the qualification process later in the year.”
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be staged from 4 – 15 April 2018.