It will be a major highlight of the season. After the Olympics and the Beach Major Series have been cancelled, the CEV European Championship in Jurmala (Latvia) is the most important event of the 2020 season, at least in Europe. From September 15-20, the European beach volleyball elite will return to Majori beach near Riga, Lavia’s capital. The beautiful seaside resort is the heart of Latvian beach volleyball and already hosted the continental championships in the summer of 2017. Last August, Jurmala hosted an FIVB 3-star event.
Defending champions are Norwegian Vikings Anders Mol/Christian Sørum and Latvian surprise team of Tina Graudiņa and Anastasija Kravcenoka. The Latvian young guns posted their first major international win when claiming last year’s title in Moscow. Tina Graudina:
“I am very happy with this news. It is awesome that the defence of the title will take place at home. I suppose Latvian sports fans are also happy to welcome the European Championship in Jurmala, especially at this time, when sports events are a rarity.”
32 teams per gender will fight for the European title and a prize purse of € 100.000 per gender. The CEV has announced that a strict hygiene protocol will be implemented and 30% of the stadium will be available for spectators. The regular stadium capacity has been detailed with 5000 seats. For the first three event days, fans need to buy separate tickets to attend the morning and afternoon sessions. All-day tickets are available for the last two days of the tournament.