KUALA LUMPUR, 29 MARCH 2017 – With three weeks away from the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour – Malaysia Open, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) has announced the 32 teams that will compete for the country’s first world tour title. Happening at Langkawi’s Pantai Cenang on Saturday and Sunday, 15 and 16 April 2017, the Federation selected ten teams from Malaysia (out of 32 teams) to compete in the country’s most prominent beach volleyball tournament.
“Top beach volleyball players from 17 countries will muster in the picturesque Pantai Cenang for a heated battle. We are delighted with the list of players announced, and we are confident that they will put their best foot forward to present the most competitive games to excite our spectators,” said Andrew Ching, Chief Executive Officer of E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, organiser and promoter of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour – Malaysia Open.
Australia, Austria, Cuba, Czech Republic, Spain, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Switzerland and the United States of America were listed in the list released by FIVB. Cuba’s Diaz Gomez Nivaldo Nadir and Sergio Reynaldo Gonzalez Bayard, and United States’ Emily Stockman and Kimberly Dicello will highlight the event as the Entry Points leaders in the men’s and women’s chart respectively. Malaysia’s national athletes Elangovan Yogeswaran and Luk Teck Hua will make their debut in the league for the first time this season.
“Beach volleyball is a relatively new sport in Malaysia. The inclusion of 10 local teams into the list is an added advantage to expose our players on the international arena. This will also be a learning curve for the industry to improve the games locally. Lastly, I would like to wish the Malaysian team the best of luck in the tournament,” said Dr. Gregory Hii, President of the Malaysian Volleyball Association.
The 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour – Malaysia Open will be segregated into four rounds – the Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semi-Finals and Finals. A total of USD20,000 (approximately RM89,000) in prize money will be given away. Winning team for each gender will receive a cash prize of USD2,000 (approximately RM8,900), followed by USD1,500 (approximately RM6,700) for the first runner-up, USD1,200 (approximately RM5,300) for the second runner-up, USD900 (approximately RM4,000) for the third runner-up, USD500 (approximately RM2,300) per team from the fifth to eighth place, and USD300 (RM1,400) per team from the ninth to sixteenth place.
“We are blessed with beautiful beaches around Malaysia. Spearheading an international beach volleyball tournament in ASEAN will further promote our scenic shores to the world and attract tourists to Malaysia. The 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour – Malaysia Open will be our latest approach in drawing and boosting the nation’s tourism economy,” said Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.
Malaysia will host the World Tour 1-Star (WT1) tournament following the season opener in Shepparton, Australia. After Langkawi, the season will proceed to Pacific Harbour in Fiji, Agadir in Morocco, Daegu and Ulsan in South Korea for the 2017 season.
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The 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour – Malaysia Open is promoted and organised by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball and Malaysia Volleyball Association; and supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia), Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Majlis Bandaraya Pelancongan Langkawi, Majlis Daerah Langkawi, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa and Aseania Langkawi Resort & Spa, Coca-Cola and Uber.
Men’s Team – Main Draw
|Pos||Country||Team Name||Player 1||Player 2|
|1||CUB||Nivaldo/Gonzalez||Diaz Gomez Nivaldo Nadir||Sergio Reynaldo Gonzalez Bayard|
|2||AUT||Ermacora/Pristauz-Telsnigg||Martin Ermacora||Moritz Bernd Pristauz-Telsnigg|
|3||GER||Poniewaz B./Poniewaz D.||Bennet Poniewaz||David Poniewaz|
|4||EST||Tiisaar/Nõlvak||Mart Tiisaar||Kusti Nõlvak|
|5||AUT||Schnetzer/Eglseer||Florian Schnetzer||Peter Eglseer|
|6||SRB||Kolaric/Klasnic||Lazar Kolaric||Djordje Klasnic|
|7||ESP||Mesa/García||Raul Mesa||Christian García|
|8||CZE||Dumek/Lenc||Jan Dumek||David Lenc|
|9||USA||McKienzie/Dentler (WC)||David McKienzie||Andrew Dentler|
|10||MAS||Yogeswaran/Mat Sidek||Elangovan Yogeswaran||Mohamad Ammirol Mat Sidek|
|11||MAS||Abd Razak/Rafl||Mohd Faiz Putra Abd Razak||Rafi Asruki Nordin|
|12||MAS||Ahmad Shafwan/Idris||Ahmad Shafwan bin Ahmad Zulkifli||Idris Muhamad Afiq Solihin|
|13||MAS||Amir Farid/Mahadi||Khalili Amir Farid||Mohd Razif Mahadi|
|14||MAS||Lee/Tay||Boon Kiat Lee||Chien Bin Tay|
|15||MAS||Yaw Cheong/Wei Shen||Fong Yaw Cheong||Ang Wei Shen|
|16||RSA||Stemmet/Williams||Clinton Stemmet||Leo Williams|
Women’s Team – Main Draw
|Pos||Country||Team Name||Player 1||Player 2|
|1||USA||Stockman/Dicello||Emily Stockman||Kimberly Dicello|
|2||AUT||Strauss N./Strauss T.||Nadine Strauss||Teresa Strauss|
|3||AUS||Artacho Del Solar/Kendall||Mariafe Artacho||Brittany Kendall|
|4||AUT||Rimser/Plesiutschnig||Cornelia Rimser||Lena Plesiutschnig|
|5||ROU||Matei/Vaida||Adriana-Maria Matei||Beata Vaida|
|6||SUI||Eiholzer/Gerson||Nicole Eiholzer||Dunja Gerson|
|7||RUS||Abalakina/Dabizha||Yulia Abalakina||Ksenia Dabizha|
|8||GER||Schillerwein/Tillmann||Katarina Schillerwein||Cinja Tillmann|
|9||JPN||Miyagawa/Murakami||Samaa Miyagawa||Megumi Murakami|
|10||SCO||Beattie/Coutts||Lynne Beattie||Melisa Coutts|
|11||CZE||Bonnerova/Nakladalova||Martina Bonnerova||Sarka Nakladalova|
|12||INA||Martha/Nur (WC)||Martha Cisilia Rahawarin||Nur Sari|
|13||MAS||Teck Hua/Elaine L||Luk Teck Hua||Lee Geok Ting Elaine|
|14||MAS||Chou Hwa/Aishuria||Chou Hwa Chia||Thevar Aishuria|
|15||MAS||Yew S.T/Dawn Lynn||Sook Ting Yew||Dawn Lynn|
|16||MAS||Polly Sim/Shu Woon||Polly Sim Pei Yi||Shu Woon Joo|