AeQuilibrium Beach Volley Marathon: record numbers for the 2023 edition
Over 11,000 games will be played in three days, 120,000 square meters of beach are available and three thousand teams are ready to challenge each other in the world’s most attended open beach volleyball tournament.
On Bibione beach, the largest beach in Italy, the countdown to the return of the legendary beach is already on AeBalibrium Beach Volley Marathon®, which traditionally opens the sports season in the Venetian seaside resort and will attract over 30,000 athletes, spectators and tourists from all over Europe from May 12th to 14th.
This would be enough to make it an event second to none were it not for the 28L circulationThe marathon sets a new record: it will be the only Italian stage of the International Beach ParaVolleyball Championshipwhere you can compete in categories Stand and – for the first time – meetingInclusive volleyball, played “sitting” with teams consisting of people with and without disabilities.
The choreography is one of the most exciting to experience and see. We challenge ourselves simultaneously on 300 playgrounds by the sea, where amateurs of all ages and levels meet together with the great international masters of the discipline who will enchant Bibione with their developments.
In fact, the finals of the women’s and men’s 2×2 championships, which will take place on Saturday afternoon, are highly anticipated. Instead, we have to wait until Sunday for the finals of the 3×3 women, 3×3 men, 4×4 mixed and the famous 2×2 mixed tournaments.
On the same days and on the same sand, the only Italian stage of the International Beach ParaVolleyball Championships, which returns to Bibione after last year’s great success, will also take place. Four men’s national teams in the standing category fought for the podium: two Italian representatives, as well as the Slovak and Polish teams.
For the first time in Italy it will also be possible to compete in the “seated” category, open to participants of both tournaments and able to form mixed teams of people with and without motor disabilities. A discipline that demonstrates the naturally integrative side of beach volleyball, played under the same rules but while seated and without losing contact with the ground.
Nine teams are already ready to compete on the beach of Bibione, Italy’s first fully accessible tourist destination. And if the games only start on Friday afternoon, the most important challenge, that of a sport without barriers, has already been won by organizers and municipalities.
(Source: press release)