Italy to stage Olympic beach volleyball qualifiers

The final two spots for men and women for beach volleyball at

the London Olympics will be decided at a qualifying event in

Italy.

The International Volleyball Federation says Tortoli on the

island of Sardinia will host the World Cup Olympic Qualification

tournaments from June 27-July 1.

Teams will come from countries ranked second and third in

Continental Cups staged in June by each of the FIVB’s five

confederations.

In Italy, two teams will advance from each of the men’s and

women’s events to complete the London lineup.

The Olympic competitions comprise 24 men’s and women’s pairs,

with a maximum of two teams from each country.