South Korea: Volleyball goes from sand to snow, hoping for Winter Olympic recognition

An snow volleyball exhibition match was held near Pyeongchang on Wednesday as part of efforts to have the sport gain Winter Olympic recognition. The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) showcased the exhibition match, which saw some of the sport's international stars play each other at the Austria House in Daegwallyeong-myeon, not far from the... Еще Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic complex. In a tough bout on snow, Austrians Stefanie Schwaiger and Nikolas Berger, who are both former European Champions, together with Emanuel, a Brazilian three-time Olympic medal winner in beach volleyball, managed to beat a second dream team. The losing side consisted of South Korean star volleyball player Kim Yeon-Koung, Brazil’s three-time Olympic medallist and three-time World champion, Giba, and two-time Olympic medallist Vladimir Grbic. Prince Albert of Monaco walked on to the pitch to serve for the Red Team. Despite being a new kind of sport, the European Volleyball Confederation already has a Snow Volleyball European Tour, and this year 17 European countries will host national championships. From March 23-25, 2018, Wagrain-Kleinarl and Flachau, in Austria, will host the inaugural CEV European Championships, with 24 teams competing.

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