2016-08-30 16:30:00 CEST
Drumroll please! Line-up complete for Canada!
The wait is finally over…The wildcards for the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals 2016 in Toronto have been awarded for the biggest tournament of the year!
We’ve already announced which men’s and women’s teams finished in the top eight of the FIVB World Tour ranking to book their tickets to Toronto – and joining those are four wildcards per gender to complete what promises to be a stunning line-up of the world’s greatest players.
So, without further ado, here are the wildcards heading to Canada to battle it out in the fascinating finale of the FIVB World Tour…
What would a tournament be without the Olympic champions?! Exactly, so last year’s Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals champions Alison/Bruno of Brazil will be out to defend their crown in Toronto.
And they will be joined by Dutch bronze medalists from the Copacabana Brouwer/Meeuwsen!
Of course every competition needs their local heroes – so step forward not one but two teams from Canada – Saxton/Schalk and Binstock/Schachter. Both Canadian teams represented their country at the Olympics and will be aiming for glory on home sand in September.
If two men’s teams from Canada wasn’t enough, the home fans will be delighted to know that two Canadian women’s teams have been awarded a pass to Polson Pier! The first is awarded to Olympians Broder/Valjas but the second will be decided on a unique first day of competition at the Finals.
In a dramatic twist, Rio quarterfinalists Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan have decided to split. Although they have been awarded the wildcard for the tournament the pair, with their new partners, will play off against each other in a country quota clash on 13th September.
The line-up for the women’s competition is completed by Swiss stars and A1 Major Klagenfurt runners-up Heidrich/Zumkehr and Australians Bawden/Clancy – two teams that reached the Olympic quarterfinals.
The Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals are just two weeks away now! Bring it on!
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