A total of 24 teams per gender will play in the beach volleyball tournaments of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Find out everything about the qualification system and teams to watch out for ahead of Paris 2024.
Paris 2024 will represent the eighth time beach volleyball has featured at the Olympics, with the sport making its debut at Atlanta 1996.
Brazil and the USA are the two traditional powerhouses of the game. Brazil will be searching for redemption after failing to make it onto the Olympic podium for the first time at Tokyo 2020, while the USA have won seven gold medals in their history.
The Paris 2024 beach volleyball competitions will be held at the iconic Champs de Mars, where the temporary Eiffel Tower Stadium will hold all beach volleyball events.
Find out everything you need to know about the beach volleyball qualification process for Paris 2024 below.
24 men's teams, with a total of 48 athletes, and an equal number of women's teams will participate in the Paris 2024 Olympic tournaments, making a total of 48 teams and 96 athletes.
To be eligible to participate in the Olympic Games Paris 2024, athletes must be born on or before 27 July 2010.
The number of teams remains unchanged from Tokyo 2020. As the host country, France are entitled to one quota for both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
The remaining 23 quotas per gender will qualify for Paris 2024 via three qualification routes, respecting the maximum of four quotas per NOC (two per gender), thus guaranteeing the principle of universal participation:
Unlike volleyball, the format of the Paris 2024 beach volleyball tournaments will be the same as it was at Tokyo 2020. The Olympic format features 24 teams competing in six round-robin pools, with 16 pairs moving on to the single-elimination knockout phase, with quarterfinals, semifinals and bronze and gold medal matches taking place.
The Paris 2024 beach volleyball competition will take place between 27 July and 10 August at the Eiffel Tower Stadium near the Champ de Mars.
Norway will definitely be among the favourites for the Paris 2024 beach volleyball tournament after 24-year-old Anders Mol and 25-year-old Christian Sorum made history by winning gold at Tokyo 2020. With age on their side, the Norwegian pair look to be the biggest medal threat at the next Olympic Games.
However, the most recent FIVB ranking shows Brazilian pairs leading the way in both the men’s and women’s cagegories, with several teams in the top 10 including Andre Stein / George Wanderley and Renato / Vitor Felipe in the men’s ranking, and Barbara / Carol and Duda / Ana Patricia in the women’s.
In the women’s competition at the last Olympics, veteran USA athlete April Ross and partner Alix Klineman took home the gold thanks to a near-faultless performance, with only one set dropped on the road to the Olympic title. However, the Australian Tokyo 2020 silver medallists Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Pilar make them another team to watch.
And we can be sure that the Olympic Ranking will certainly see pairs from other NOCs known to perform well on the sand such as Netherlands, Poland, Italy and Germany in contention when the competition begins in Paris.
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