Beach volleyball put forward for Birmingham 2022
20th June 2019
Beach volleyball has moved closer to starring at a major games in England again, after it was confirmed that the sport has been put forward for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
With the Commonwealth Games only able to include a limited number of sports, the Birmingham 2022 committee today confirmed it has recommended that beach volleyball is part of the 2022 Games. The confirmation of the inclusion of beach volleyball now relies on the final stage of the selection process, which will see the Commonwealth members vote to formally ratify the decision. You can see official story of the proposal to include beach volleyball on the Birmingham 2022 website.
The news comes after a sustained campaign by a group from the volleyball community, who lobbied to see the sport included.
“We are delighted to hear that beach volleyball is one step closer to being included within the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham,” says Volleyball England chair, Adam Walker. “This fantastic opportunity would enable us to showcase our wonderful sport on home soil, allow our most talented performers to excel and inspire future generations to get involved and develop their skills. I would like to thank Birmingham and the Commonwealth Games Federation for giving us this opportunity. We hope to play our part in making Birmingham 2022 the best games ever.”
Beach volleyball made its debut at a Commonwealth Games last year on Australia’s Gold Coast and Jess Grimson/Victoria Palmer and Jake Sheaf/Chris Gregory earned the honour of being the first pairs to represent England on the sand at a Commonwealth Games. It’s now hoped that beach volleyball will get the final confirmation to appear at a second consecutive Games.
“Beach Volleyball was an enormous success in the Gold Coast in 2018,” says Richard Callicott, President of the British Volleyball Federation. “I am delighted with Birmingham’s decision to recommend that beach volleyball should feature in the Games.”
Thousands of people will descend on the country’s second city for the Games which promises to be one of the highlights of the summer of 2022. Volleyball England Honorary Vice President Brian Stalker is excited that beach volleyball could be part of it.
“It’s exciting times,” says Brian, who is a former Volleyball England president and was part of the campaign group. “The inclusion of beach volleyball at the next Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022 would be a major success. I’m sure beach volleyball would be the hot ticket of the Games.”
The news will provide further inspiration to English beach volleyball enthusiasts, as the sport is enjoying a good moment in this country. The men’s England team qualified for round two of the CEV Continental Cup , rising stars Ellie Austin and Anaya Evans won England’s first FIVB World Tour medal for twenty years and Javier and Joaquin Bello are representing England in the FIVB U21 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Udon.