Two teams qualified to the Olympics in men’s beach volleyball at the Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament. Sixteen teams competed at the tournament. The Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament is currently being held in Haiyang, China from September 18th to September 22nd 2019.
The tournament contained three rounds of group stages where in the first round the top three teams advanced while in the next two rounds the top two teams advance. In the end four teams remained where they faced off against each other in a direct match where the winners qualified to the Olympics.
The first match was between Russia’s Ilya Leshukov and Konstantin Semenov and Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Edgars Tocs. Despite Leshukov/Semenov winning the first set rather easily 21-12, Plavins/Tocs won the second set narrowly 22-20 to force a third where they won the set and Olympic quota 15-8.
The second match was between the Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen and Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo. The first match was won by Nicolai/Lupo 21-17. The pair would lock up their spot to the Olympics by winning the second set 21-19. No final match between the two semi-final winners was played.
As a reminder, all selected team members must have competed in at least 12 eligible tournaments in order to be allowed to compete at the Olympics. The next opportunity for teams to qualify to the Olympics will be through the world rankings, published in June. The women’s quotas will be decided tomorrow.