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Volleyball: Beach volleyball will not return to London

June 5, 2013

Beach volleyball will not return to London this summer after Volleyball England failed to attain enough commercial backing for the project.

beach-volleyballIn April the sport’s international governing body, FIVB, listed the capital as a host for a women’s world tour event from 14-18 August 2013, however the organisers fell around £350,000 short of the half a million pounds worth of funding they needed.

“I’m really disappointed,” GB London Olympian Zara Dampney told BBC Sport.

“I was excited that the UK would have been able to see international beach volleyball again and it would have been another chance to compete at home.”

UK Sport are committed to investing around £27m of National Lottery funds on their Gold Event Series’  which aims to bring 70 major tournaments to Great Britain between 2013 and 2019.

But as the potential beach volleyball competition in London did not carry World Series status, it did not qualify for support.

Volleyball England is convinced however that an event could still take place in UK’s capital in 2014, and maintain its long-term ambition of hosting a World Championships within the next five years.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine


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