USA, Canada, Cuba and Mexico to represent NORCECA at BVB World
HAMBURG, Germany, March 18, 2019 – FIVB President Dr. Ary S.
Graça F° today addressed German media at the kick-off press
conference in Hamburg, the host city of the 2019 FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Championships which is set to begin on June 28.
Teams from USA, Canada, Mexico and Cuba will represent NORCECA
Confederation in both genders via the corresponding quota.
The field of 48 teams is composed by 20 from the five
confederations, 23 from the FIVB rankings, two guaranteed for
the host national federation and three wild cards.
Comdirect Bank AG and Aldi were announced as the two presenting
sponsors for the 10-days Championships, as Germany continues to
lead the way in raising the professional standard of beach
volleyball in the country.
President Dr. Ary Graça was joined by the Senator for Internal
Affairs and Sports of the City of Hamburg Andy Grote, as well as
President of the German Volleyball Federation René Hecht and CEO
of the Beach Majors Company Hannes Jagerhofer. German national
team players Laura Ludwig, Margaret Kozuch, Julius Thole and
Clemens Wickler were also in attendance.
Speaking at the press conference, President Dr. Ary Graça said:
"I am really looking forward to the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball
World Championships here in Hamburg and I expect am sure this
event is going to be a huge success. Both Hamburg and Germany
have all the attributes to host an amazing Championships:
impressive hosting credentials, an iconic venue, passionate fans
and most importantly, a great beach volleyball tradition and
incredible athletes. Reigning Olympic and World Champions Laura
Ludwig and the recently retired Kira Walkenhorst are prime
examples alongside the 2012 Olympic Champions. Julius Brink and
"It is the second time Germany will host the Championships,
following Berlin’s staging of the 2005 edition. I am sure this
year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2019 presented
by comdirect & ALDI Nord will draw lots of attention,
particularly as the winners of both the men’s and women’s events
will secure a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for their
Ninety-six women's and men's teams (48 per gender) from all
continents will compete in Hamburg at the famous 13,200-capacity
Am Rothenbaum Stadium for the prestigious title and an overall
prize money of $1 million.