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BREAKING NEWS - Gold Coast Games now has Beach Volleyball
Beach volleyball to be played at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
In a Commonwealth Games first, it has been announced that Beach Volleyball will feature at the next Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast 2018, extending the Games sports programme for the first time from 17 to 18 sports.
The decision to include Beach Volleyball in the Gold Coast 2018 Games was approved by the CGF Executive Board following a special request from the Queensland Minister for the Commonwealth Games and GOLDOC, Stirling Hinchliffe.
Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, welcomed the news and said: “The Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches are a huge Games drawcard and Beach Volleyball is the perfect sporting fit for the 2018 programme. The Games is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase Queensland to the world and with Beach Volleyball now locked in to make its Commonwealth Games debut, vision of the Gold Coast’s iconic beaches will be beamed to an audience of over 1.5 billion people around the world.”
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 consisting of two players per team. A qualification system will be developed in collaboration with the international volleyball federation FIVB and will be finalised by July 2016.