Beach volleyball circuit goes inland

Beach volleyball has come a long way from California. The North American AVP tour went coast-to-coast with a few stops in between. As with a lot of Olympic sports, Europe has been a gracious host for many events.

But if you check the 2011 FIVB tour, the first since the AVP’s demise (IMG and USA Volleyball will team up for a short domestic series), you’ll find:

– A lot of events in central Europe

– A tour of the beaches of China and Scandinavia

– The lone stop in Brazil, a hotbed of beach sports, held in far-inland Brasilia

– No events on anything the Western world would consider a traditional beach

Just check the map:

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1 Comment

  1. Are people on calling for an end to the “embarrassment” of having beach volleyball played inland? Like Dallas in the NFC East, the Caps in the Southeast Division, the Big 10 having 12 teams and a special Tuesday edition of Sunday Night Football?

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