This summer, Serbian championship in beach volleyball in Belgrade, Nis and Novi Sad

Vip mobile and Volleyball federation of Serbia announced today the launch of this year’s Vip Beach Masters tournament, professional Serbian championship in beach volleyball, which will be organized in three cities, during summer. The first in a series is tournament in Belgrade, which will be held at Ada Ciganlija lake, from June 19th – 21st, followed by competitions in August in Nis (7.-9.) and Novi Sad (28.-30.) where Finals of the National championship in beach volleyball will be held. During the tournaments, 16 male and 8 female teams that qualified for the competition will struggle for the title of Serbian Champion in beach volleyball.

This year, Serbia became important point at the European volleyball map, applying for the organization of one of the six official Satellite European tournaments, under the patronage of CEV (European Volleyball Confederation). Considering our application, CEV decided to entrust us with the organization of even more important European competition – CEV Challenger. Thus, from July 16th-19th, Novi Sad will be a host of this prestigious European tournament, which brings together best beach volley players in Europe. It is also possible that some of the best world’s player participate as well, thanks to 4 Wild cards offered by organizer. Points obtained at CEV Challenger tournament count in the ranking of European Volleyball Confederation and the World Volleyball Federation.

Total prize fund is EUR 46.500 (EUR 11.500 per three National championship tournaments and EUR 12.000 for the Challenger).

The fact that we will be a host of such a prestigious European tournament for the first time has bring prominent guests in Belgrade: Jan Hronek, Vice-President of European Volleyball Confederation, Carlo Magri, President of Volleyball federation of Italy and Agostino Pantani, advisor of Volleyball federation of Italy. On behalf of honorable delegation, Mr. Hronek expressed his gratification because Serbia has found itself amongst the hosts of the most important European competitions, only one year after its first National championship: ‘’This is very prestigious tournament, and the high quality of beach volleyball in Serbia indicates that the tournament will be organized at top level. This is great honor for the country known for good volleyball, great success of the organizers and one more challenge for all players.’’

‘’Our indoor volleyball is amongst best in the world, and since last year, thanks to Vip, we have the possibility to organize top-level national and international beach volley competition. Since Vip Beach Masters fulfilled all the requirements for hosting prestigious Satellite tournament, CEV pleasantly surprised us with their decision to entrust us with organization of even more important competition – Challenger tournament. We can be proud of this achievement as Serbian beach volley players will reach the top of this sport more easily and faster.“, stated Aleksandar Boricic, President of Volleyball Federation of Serbia.

‘’Vip Beach Masters tournaments contribute to development of Serbian beach volley and raise it to the international level. Altogether with the Federation, we seek to provide our best teams with the good preparation for putting up at the greatest world tournaments, and our final goal is to have our representatives at the Olympic Games in London in 2012”, said Aleksandar Sperl, CEO Vip mobile.

Beside Vip mobile, general sponsor of Vip Beach Masters tournament, many other companies support this significant sport event this year: ZTE, Delta Motors, Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank, Aqua Viva, Red Bull, DaCapo, Ada Ciganlija and Public utility company "City Parks" - Novi Sad, while the organization was officially supported by European Volleyball Confederation (CEV), alongside Volleyball federation of Serbia.

“It is a great pleasure to act as a main sponsor of this year’s Vip Beach Masters. We hope that our support will contribute to even bigger tournament success and development of beach volley in Serbia.“, stated Richard Jun Guo, vice-president of ZTE company, the world’s leading telecomm equipment and network solutions provider.

“Our long term cooperation with our partner Vip continues in a best possible way, within Vip Beach Masters project and we are proud to be a part of it.’’ stated Nemanja Lazić, brand manager for MINI in Delta Motors company.

Within promotion of the new beach volley season, exhibition match was organized with professional players and celebrities, fans of beach volley: Natasa Borki, Balkan champion in beach volley and actor Dragan Micanovic at one side of the net, and a pop singer Ana Stanic and professional player Davor Brcic, at the other side of it. Teams showed excellent volleyball skills, but also created amusing atmosphere, characteristic for this sport.