Path to Paris road map laid out
Scotland’s beach volleyball teams have learned their fate in the preliminary round of the CEV Beach Volley Nations Cup 2023. The men’s team will compete in Pool B alongside The Netherlands, Latvia, Israel, and Romania, while the women’s team will contest Pool F with Czechia, Poland, and Belgium. The tournament, which features a ‘country vs country’ format, will take place in May and June of this year.
Each country nominates two pairs, the “A” Pair playing the “A” Pair of the opponent, and “B” Pair playing the “B” Pair of the opponent. Should one country win both matches, they win the match-up. If it’s 1-1, then the Head Coach selects any two players from either pair to battle in a single race to 15 points.
Felipe Humana-Paredes, the Head Coach of Scotland and Programme Lead, is excited for the opportunity to compete against some of the top nations in Europe. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this tournament and to have the chance to test ourselves against some of the best teams in the world,” he said.
Last year, the inaugural men’s Nations Cup was won by the ‘Beach Volley Vikings’ from Norway, while Switzerland claimed the women’s title. This year’s tournament is set to be even more significant, as it offers a pathway for one country to secure a place at the Paris 2024 Olympics.
The organisers of each pool are yet to be confirmed by the CEV, but with four competition windows available, the event promises to be an exciting showcase of some of the best beach volleyball talent in Europe.