The Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour has announced its 2024 schedule for Elite16 and Challenge events as a blend of previous hosts and new venues is highlighted by three North American events.
The 2024 season will be the third for the organization, which also hosts indoor events including a stop in Arlington, Texas, in the first half of 2024. The first half of the beach season will also have Olympic qualification points on the road to the 2024 Olympic Summer Games in Paris. Ostrava, Czech Republic, will organize the last tournament that will count toward the Olympics from June 5–9.
The season will start and end in Doha, Qatar. The first Elite16 event will take place in the Qatari capital from March 5–9 and the Beach Pro Tour will return for the Finals from December 5–8. March and April will feature two stops in Brazil (Recife from March 20–24 and Saquarema from March 27–31) and two stops in Mexico (Guadalajara from April 10–14 and Tepic from April 17–21).
After the Latin American leg, the Beach Pro Tour will end April with a Challenge event in Xiamen, China, which has hosted World Tour tournaments in the past but will welcome a Beach Pro Tour stop for the first time. Another venue that has hosted many beach volleyball competitions, including the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, Stare Jablonki in Poland appears on the Beach Pro Tour calendar for the first time from May 29 through June 2.
After the Ostrava Elite16 puts the final touches on the Olympic Ranking in June, Elite16 events will also be held at European venues in Gstaad, Switzerland, and Vienna, Austria, in July before the focus turns to the Olympic Games in Paris.
After Hamburg from August 21–25, Canada makes its lone appearance on the 2024 schedule with an event in Montreal from August 28–31. After a nearly two-month break, the final stretch run commences in the fall with Joao Pessoa, Brazil, in October, to India in November and to Nuvali, Philippines, from November 28 through December 1 for the last Challenge stops of the season, before it culminates with December’s Finals in Doha.