But no funding yet for amateur event, so 2011 event in doubt.
Pentangle Promotions Company, the local organisers, confirmed that the Swatch FIVB Beach Volley World Tour will be back in Thailand again in 2010. After agreeing the dates with the Federation Internationale de Volleyball, Pentangle can confirm that the tournament will be held on Karon Beach, Phuket from 2 – 7 November 2010. This year the tournament is once again the last stop on the Swatch FIVB Beach Volley World Tour and will give a big boost to tourism in the island province.
At last year’s “Phuket Thailand Open powered by PTT” more teams competed in the event than in any other tournament on the Beach Volley World Tour. This year, a record number of teams can be expected to enter the event as the Asian Games in Guangzhou will be held from 12 – 27 November 2010, shortly after the completion of the Phuket Thailand Open powered by PTT.
The tournament offers prize money of $190,000 and is played over 6 days of competition commencing on Tuesday 2 November with the country quota play-offs between countries with more than 4 teams entered for the tournament. Qualifying is held on 3 November and the main draw runs from 4 – 7 November. As well as the main event, a number of other activities are planned including an amateur tournament*, beach volley clinics for kids, beer festival and a variety of on-site entertainment.
*However regarding the planned amateur event, Geoffrey Rowe, Managing Director of Pentangle Promotions, told Phuketindex that “We recently visited Mr. Paiboon (the President of Provincial Administrative Organization or PAO), in Phuket requesting support for the beach volleyball. He said he was unable to support the event. I was looking for some support from Phuket as we planned to introduce a worldwide amateur programme called “Beach Volley Around the the World” as part of the event, which would have seen around 400 amateur players from Europe descend on Phuket during the tournament week. As we cannot get any help from the province it looks like we will have to abandon that part of the programme and the loss of some 2,000 room nights as the players were going to stay 9 – 10 days.
The main event is still on in Phuket this year, however as a number of provinces are interested in staging the event in 2011 and are willing to provide financial assistance I am not certain where we will stage the tournament from 2011 onwards.”
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