Beach Volleyball: Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021

Beach Volleyball: Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021

Beach Volleyball stemmed from the Olympic staple of volleyball. It made its way to the Games in the 1992 Barcelona edition. However, it was just a demonstration event. Four years later, beach volleyball officially became a part of the Olympic fold at the Atlanta Olympics. 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: April Ross of United States bumps the ball during the Women's Beach Volleyball preliminary round Pool C match against Fan Wang and Yuan Yue of China on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Brazil has claimed the most overall 13 medals (3 Gold 7 Silver 3 Bronze) in Beach Volleyball. However, the United States sits in the top spot as athletes from the country have claimed the most gold medals (6). Interestingly, both nations have featured on the podium at either the men’s or the women’s events in each Olympic Games since 1996

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Bronze medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross of the United States pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Beach Volleyball on day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)

America's Kerri Walsh-Jennings is the successful athlete in the sport's Olympic history. Having competed at four Olympics games, she claimed 4 medals (3 Gold and 1 Bronze). She also holds the record for most consecutive games won in Olympic Beach Volleyball contests with 22. 

Beach Volleyball at Tokyo 2020

Beach Volleyball at the Tokyo Olympics will commence with Pool Stage games on July 24. The knockout stage of the competition will kick off on August 1 and last until August 7 with the men's Bronze and Gold medal matches scheduled for that day. 

Top Olympic Beach Volleyball Teams in Tokyo 2020-2021

The competition in the women's game showed signs of the dawn of a new era last time around in Rio when Kerri Walsh Jennings didn't make it to the gold medal match. However, this time around the volleyball legend will not be in the fray. Hence, teams may play with a renewed sense of aspiration as they know that the great isn't lurking somewhere in the draw. 

April Ross (USA) in action during the Beach Volley Rome World Tour Finals Main Draw Pool B match at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy on September 5, 2019
(Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

USA's April Ross (medalist in 2012 and 2016) will be keen on helping her country reclaim the top step of the podium in the women's game. She will team with Alix Klineman at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021.

Meanwhile, another name expected to feature prominently is Brazil's, Eduarda Santos. The 22-year-old will compete at her maiden Olympics. Furthermore, one-half of the defending champions from Germany, Laura Ludwig, will hunt for the encore. 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: Silver medalists Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo of Italy pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Beachvolleyball contest at the Beach Volleyball Arena on Day 13 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

In the men’s competition, watch out for team Norway featuring Christian Sorum and Anders Mol. Also, Italy's Paolo Nicolo and Daniele Lupo will aim to better their Silver medal showing from the Copacabana Stadium in 2016

Competition format

A total of 24 teams will take to the Pool Stage of the tournament at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021. These groups will be divided into six different sets of four teams each. 

The top two teams will advance to the R16, with the six third-placed teams moving to another table. From here, the two top third-placed teams will advance with the remaining teams playing it out for a spot in the Round of 16 in Lucky Loser matches.

Schedule for Beach Volleyball at the Tokyo Olympics

Beach Volleyball, an outdoor sport, may be subject to weather. However, this is the tentative schedule. 

EventGroup StageLucky LoserRound of 16Quarter-FinalSemi-FinalFinal/ Bronze medal match
Men’s TeamJuly 24-July 30July 31August 1-August 2August 3-August 4August 5August 7
Women’s TeamJuly 24-30July 31August 1-August 2August 3-August 4August 5August 6

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Venue for Beach Volleyball at Tokyo 2020

After being played on an actual beach in Rio, Beach Volleyball will return to a makeshift arena far away from a beach. All games at the thirty-second Olympics will take place at Shiokaze Park.

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Venue Shiokaze Park
DateJuly 24- August 8
ChannelPeacock TV (US), BBC iPlayer (UK), Eurosport Player (Europe), TSN (Canada), Channel 7 (Australia), Sony LIV (India)
Total players competing in Beach Volleyball at the Tokyo Olympics: 202096
Most medals in the sport (Gold)USA 10 (6 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze )