Chennai Gets Ready to Host First International Beach Volleyball in India

by OldSailor on July 15, 2008

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Chennai is getting ready to host India’s first International Beach Volleyball tournament ‘ BSNL FIVB Chennai Challenger:2008 ‘.

Some of the interesting features of Beach Volleyball tournament to be held are:

  • to be held from July 17 to 20.
  • to be held at Elliots Beach, Chennai.
  • to be organized by the Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) under the aegis of International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).
  • some of the participating countries are: America, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Canada, Dubai, England, France, Finland, Italy, Israel, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Libya, Malaysia, Switzerland, SriLanka, Spain, Thailand.
  • qualification matches have started from July 15 onwards.
  • total prize money of $ 40,000 each for men’s and women’s competition, will offer $ 6,400 to the winning teams.
  • eleven Indian teams including four women teams would participate in a strong field of 60 teams from 21 countries.

For more information, read DNA India.

How to play Beach Volleyball ?

It is easy. Here is an interesting video clip to teach you.

Here are some photographs showing the preparations in Elliots Beach, Chennai.

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Update: July 17

Indian women team withdrew from the beach volleyball championship after it refused to adhere to the International Volleyball Federation dress code, stipulating wearing just top and undergarment. Read more from My News.

But Times of India, e-paper, Chennai edition dated July 17 says that “The team has apparently been granted exemption from the dress code of the International Volleyball Federation for the event”.

Here is the news clip.

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Update: July 18

Moral policing by BJP: Here comes Tamil Nadu BJP State Vice-President Lalitha Subhash to protect Tamil culture. She says that women team in beach volley ball match must play with a dress code to suit Tamil culture. I don’t know whether she wants the match to be played in sarees. She has approached City Police Commissioner to take appropriate action. Read more from ‘The Hindu‘.

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