The World's Best University Beach Volleyball Players Competing in Munich

The 9th edition of the FISU World University Beach Volleyball Championship is underway at the iconic Munich Olympic Park for five days of sun, sand and world class sport.

The world’s best collegiate beach volleyball players have come together, from 9-13 July for the FISU World University Beach Volleyball Championship. 32 women’s and men's teams from 29 different countries will compete at the Olympic Park, home to the 1972 Olympic Games.

A total of 128 stars-in-the-making will compete over the five-day event to establish world supremacy in university beach volleyball and perhaps set the tone for senior international competition in the years to come. The four American teams in action will once again be counted among the favourites for the title, having won the women’s event during the last edition of the Championships in Pärnu, Estonia in 2016.

For the host nation, twins Bennet and David Poniewaz make up one of the two men’s teams that are hopeful for a successful tournament. "I participated in the last two tournaments in Porto and Pärnu, both superb events," says David Poniewaz. "However, playing for Germany and for my own fans in Munich is the best."

The Olympic Park in Munich is celebrated for its sustainability and continues to be a world class venue for national and international sporting events and concerts, decades after the 1972 Games.

FISU President Oleg Matytsin believes the chance to compete at an Olympic venue will be a golden one for the athletes:

"It is a wonderful opportunity for the student athletes to compete at this iconic Olympic venue," he said. "We at FISU believe in providing unique opportunities like this for students to compete internationally, so that they are experienced, educated and influenced in a positive way to be fitting leaders of tomorrow."

A festival atmosphere will ensure the experience for the competitors, visitors and guests from around the world goes beyond sport, as there will also be many cultural activities and programmes including concerts, readings and exhibitions by renowned artists.

The main attraction, however, will be on the sand courts under the summer sun. Beach volleyball is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and entertaining sports and it has been part of the FISU World University Championships since 2002. The 9th edition is almost upon us. So get set for sun, sand and some scintillating sporting action. You can follow all the action via FISU’s dedicated live streaming service here.

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The International University Sports Federation – FISU

Founded in 1949, FISU stands for Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation). FISU was formed within university institutions in order to promote sports values and encourage sports practice in harmony with and complementary to the university spirit. Promoting sports values means encouraging friendship, fraternity, fair play, perseverance, integrity and cooperation amongst students, who one day may have responsibilities and even key positions in politics, the economy, culture and industry.

Open to student-athletes aged between 17 and 25, FISU’s events consist of Summer and Winter Universiades and the World University Championships. Universiades are multi-sport events staged in odd-numbered years, while the World University Championships are single-sport events, staged in even-numbered years. Besides its sporting events, FISU stages educational events, such as the FISU Forum on University Sport, the FISU World Conference on Development through Sport, the FISU World Conference on Innovation - Education - Sport, the FISU Sport Education Summit and the FISU Seminars.

With FISU’s motto being "Excellence in Mind and Body", all events include educational and cultural aspects, bringing together sport and academia from all over the world to celebrate in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship. FISU cooperates in developing its events and programmes with all major international sports and educational organisations. As major outcomes of those collaborations, in 2015, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) proclaimed the International Day of University Sport to be celebrated annually on 20 September, and has seen huge growth in its first two years. As well as this, an Anti-Doping textbook and teaching materials were developed with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

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