Doha Beach Volleyball Cup: Qualifying round starts tomorrow

DOHA: A total of 24 teams from 14 countries including hosts Qatar will take the field at the Doha Beach Volleyball Cup which begins with the qualifier on Tuesday.

Teams from Gambia, Morocco, Poland, Turkey, Brazil, Lebanon, Tunisia, Russia, America, Egypt, Oman, Switzerland, Venezuela, and Qatar are taking part.

Qatar is hosting FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event for the eighth time.

The Doha Beach Volleyball Cup is a 1-star men’s-only tournament, but Doha will also host a 4-star men’s and women’s event between March 8-12.

Tomorrow’s event will be the first scheduled event on 2021 FIVB World Tour calendar.

Following Tuesday qualification round four pairs will advance to the main draw.

The 16-team main draw begins with pool play on Wednesday.

The top three finishers in each of the four groups will advance to the elimination bracket where two rounds will be played on Thursday.

Friday’s schedule features the semifinal and medal matches.

Samba, Tijan lead Qatar challenge

The hosts challenge will be led by Cherif Younousse Samba and Ahmed Tijan, one of the eleven teams ranked on the FIVB World Tour computer.

With three World Tour medals to their credit in 29 FIVB starts together, Cherif and Ahmed are ranked 13th internationally.

Qatar’s other five pair include Ziad and Mahmoud , Danny and Nito, Jasim Al Kuwari and Nasser Al Meer, Youssef and Abdullah while the sixth Qatari side — Abdullah Samir and Mubarak Al Kuwari — will take part in the preliminary round.

The top event will follow all necessary precautionary and preventive measures as guided by the Ministry of Public Health.

The last World Tour event was played in September 2020 in Lithuania.

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