Vip Beach Masters 2011 in Kragujevac, Novi Sad and Belgrade this summer

Vip Beach Masters 2011 in Kragujevac, Novi Sad and Belgrade this summer
Vip mobile and the Volleyball Federation of Serbia announced today the launch of Vip Beach Masters 2011, the fourth Serbian Championship in beach volleyball that will be organized in Kragujevac, Novi Sad and Belgrade this summer. Our renowned volleyball player Vanja Grbić that currently holds a position of Vice-president of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia and membership in FIVB Committee for Development of Volleyball has joined the organizational team. Vanja Grbić will actively promote this Olympic sport in Serbia and act as a coach in a mini school of beach volleyball that will be organized for children during Vip Beach Masters tournaments.

The launch of the new season was marked in Belgrade’s restaurant "Monument” with attractive sand art performance of young artist Vladimir Atlagić, that was joined by Vanja Grbić who added Vip Beach Masters signature in the sand. The announcement of this year's Championship was made official by activating a clock that counts down time left to the start of the competition.

The first tournament of the Serbian beach volleyball Championship will be held in Kragujevac from June 16th to 19th, while the second and the final tournament will be held at Belgrade’s Ada Ciganlija from August 25th to 28th. A total of 16 male and 8 female teams that enter qualifications will compete for the title of the Serbian beach volleyball Champion. The total prize fund amounts to EUR 11,500 for each tournament. The Volleyball Federation of Serbia and Vip are especially proud of the fact that Novi Sad will host an attractive European Championship – Masters from July 13th to 17th, gathering the best European male beach volleyball teams at the Strand beach, with price fund of as much as EUR 50,000! Participants will compete for the rankings on the list of the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) and the FIVB. Two teams from Serbia will be awarded with wild cards for direct entry into the main tournament.

"The Development of beach volleyball and the organization of Vip Beach Masters represent an important segment of partnership between Vip mobile and the Volleyball Federation of Serbia. I am especially proud of the fact that owing to this project beach volleyball is becoming more and more popular among sport fans and the media and that Serbia was given the honor to organize the most prestigious European competitions thanks to the successful organization of domestic tournaments," Aleksandar Boričić, President of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia said.

"For the fourth consecutive year, Vip mobile and the Volleyball Federation of Serbia contribute to the development of Serbian beach volley and raise it to the international level through Vip Beach Masters tournaments. Vip Beach Masters has grown into a prestigious manifestation that brings together the best beach volley players in Serbia, and I am confident that quality game and the attractive concept of this year's tournaments will attract numerous fans of this sport," Thanasis Katsiroumpas, CEO Vip mobile stated.

Significance of Vip Beach Masters for development and promotion of beach volleyball in Serbia was recognized by the Ministry of Youth and Sport which is the official patron of the project for the second year in a row.

This significant sport event is also supported by ZTE, Hypo Alpe Adria Group, Aqua Viva, EKO Serbia, DaCapo, Red Bull and municipalities of Kragujevac, Novi Sad and Belgrade through their public enterprises, while Wiener Stadtische has provided insurance for the entire tournament. Media partners of the project are national broadcaster RTS, Belgrade lifestyle magazine Gloria, Radio Bravo from Kragujevac, AS radio from Novi Sad and TDI Radio from Belgrade.

"Vip is one of our most significant and strategic partners in Serbia and our successful business partnership has spread beyond the business and jumped into the successful partnership in the sports. It is our great honor and pleasure that ZTE, the world’s leading provider of telecom equipment and network solutions, is the main sponsor of Vip Beach Masters tournament for a third year now”, Vincent Kan, general director of ZTE for Central Europe said.