Lausanne: The FIVB confirmed the first six days Competition Schedule of the Beach Volleyball for the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games on Friday after consultation with the Rio 2016 Olympic Organizing Committee and the Olympic Broadcasting Services. The schedules have these three parties (IF, Organising Committee and Olympic Broadcasting Services) working together to provide maximum exposure for the sport around the world. FIVB announced the schedule six days after the determination of men’s and women’s pools at a drawing of lots ceremony on July 9 in Gstaad, Switzerland.
As evident from the competition schedule, Beach Volleyball lovers will see an action-packed, non-stop events from August 6-18, wherein Men’s and women’s matches will be mixed throughout the preliminary phase of the competition over six days with three sessions a day. The three sessions will commence at 10:00, 15:30 and 21:00. The last match for the first five days of group play will start at midnight.
The first and preliminary phase will end after six days of competition and will be followed by knock out final phase, starting with two days of round of 16 matches; August 12 and 13 which will then be followed by the quarterfinals August 14 for women and August 15 for men and then the semifinals on August 16 and the medal matches on August 17 and 18 for women and men respectively.
The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games will see a total of 96 players from 24 countries with 48 men’s and women teams. This is for the sixth time since Beach Volleyball competition was included in the Olympic Games and the first time Olympic Summer Games to have hosted Beach Volleyball was in 1996 at the Atlanta Summer Games.
Points to be noted before concluding about the competition schedule are the facts that:
- Olympic trials will be held in North Bay on July 16 between Josh Binstock/Sam Schachter and Sam Pedlow/Grant O’Gorman to determine who fills the Canada vacancy,
- The eligibility of a small number of teams included in the schedule is under review,
- The match schedule will be updated next week.