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Toronto to host Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has awarded hosting rights for this year’s Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals to the Canadian city of Toronto.

The event will be held from September 13-18, with the first match due to take place on September 14. The A1 Major Klagenfurt in Germany from July 26-31 and the Long Beach Grand Slam in the US from August 23-28 will serve as the final qualifying events for the tournament.

The Finals will comprise 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams, with countries allowed to submit a maximum of two teams. The tournament will be made up of four groups of three, from which the top two teams will qualify. Quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final will then follow to determine the winner.

The prize money for the Finals is $500,000 (€455,000). For the first time, the tournament will also employ Hawk-Eye technology.

“The Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals are taking beach volleyball to a new level of excellence and ensuring it takes the next step towards becoming the world’s leading family sport entertainment,” FIVB president Ary Graça said. “Fans can look forward to a great event when the world’s best teams gather in Toronto for what promises to be a fitting climax to a spectacular Olympic year.”

The 2016 Finals will mark just the second edition of the event, with the inaugural edition having been staged last year in Fort Lauderdale in the US. Canada has not staged a World Tour event since the Québec Open in 2011.