International beach volleyball season starts in Brazil and nine Canadian teams are ready to go

Once again the beach volleyball fans all over the world will keep an eye in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital, as it stages the first stop of the 2012 FIVB Swatch World Tour, starting today (15) and finishing on April 22. Thirty three countries will be represented by women’s and men’s teams. Getting more points and being able to grab a ticket to London Olympics is the main motivation for the athletes as the international season begins. FIVB also celebrates 25 years of the I World Championship of Beach Volleyball, held in Rio de Janeiro.

Nine Canadian teams (four women’s and five men’s) are in Brasilia ready to put up a fight. Only Bansley-Maloney secured a spot in the main draw, while MacTavish-Rodrigue, Lessard-Martin, Broder-Valjas on the women’s side, and Saxton-Redmann, Hatch-Schachter, Binstock-Reader, Van Huizen-May, Zbyszewski-Schalk on the men’s side will give it a try. The girls qualifier will be held tomorrow, while the boys play on Wednesday. Brazilians and Americans dominate the beach volleyball circuit.