Volleyball

In Moscow immediately after the European championship starts on the stage of the World tour

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On Sunday in “Luzhniki” ended the European championship in beach volleyball, and on August 14, here begins the stage of “World tour” elite category “4 stars” from more serious participants. В Москве сразу после чемпионата Европы стартует этап Мирового тура

The winners of the Moscow stage “World tour” of category “four stars” will receive 20 thousand dollars in prize money per pair. Photo: AP

The first competition for the “World tour” took place in Moscow in 1998, in Strogino, for the next year in Troparevo, then was a ten-year break the large beach will returned to the capital on Poklonnaya hill. The matches of the Moscow stage in recent years was held at the Water stadium in Gorky Park, now the masters of the popular game find out the relationship in “Luzhniki”.

Calendar “World tour” above a four star status there are only two stages. It is clear that the tournaments of this category try to come all the strongest, because here the high fees and you can earn a solid ranking points. So, the total prize Fund of the tournament capital is 300 thousand dollars. The winners men and women will receive 20 thousand dollars for a couple.

The owners of the site a great chance for awards in the men’s tournament. The Russians carried out a great season. Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov won the world Cup in Germany, Konstantin Semenov and Ilya Leshukov last week took a silver medal at the European championship.

Sorry, have not arrived to Moscow the newly minted world champion Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, but a strong pairs of girls and in addition they missing. Announced four Brazilian and three American tandem, one of which is played by the legendary Kerri Walsh Jennings – three-time Olympic champion and three times winner of “gold” the world championship.

Forced to skip the home tournament won recently a stage “4 stars” in Portugal Hope Makrousov and Svetlana Kolomina. During the group stage of the European championship Colomina got a knee injury, the Duo withdrew from the playoffs. Now we cheer for the experienced Catherine Birlovo – Evgeny Ukolov, Alexander Moiseev Catherine Siravo and youth couple Maria Bocharova – Maria Voronina, three seasons in a row (!) won the European Championships for players under the age of 20 years.

Unlike the championship of the continent, where at a preliminary stage the rivals in their groups play one round on the “World tour” first, there are two rounds of qualification. In the main draw – 32 teams in groups of couples meeting in the format “final four”. The winners will directly qualify to the 1/8 finals. And the participants with the second and third place starting the playoffs with the 1/16 finals. The competition will end on Sunday.

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