Mauritius, April 12, 2012 – The drawing of lots for the CAVB Men’s Beach Volleyball Continental Cup finals are set to take place in Mauritius on Thursday on the eve of the tournament.
The CAVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup has celebrated many success stories during the zonal and sub zonal stages of the tournament
Six teams will battle it out from Friday through to Sunday for a berth to the London 2012 Olympic Games, with the eventual champions guaranteed to step out at Horse Guards Parade in August.
Top seeds South Africa will be joined by Nigeria, Angola, Mauritius Congo Brazzaville and Egypt.
The competition will be held in a round robin format between the six countries with the second and third placed sides given another chance to reach London through the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Olympic Qualification tournament which will take place in Tortoli, Italy from June 27 to July 1 World Cup.
The Flic en Flac beaches on the Western coast of Mauritius will provide the background for the competition.
How teams qualified
The top seeded African country won gold at the sub zonal phase in Namibia on January 23, 2011 before finishing on top at the zonal phase in Mozambique on July 17, 2011. They won a third gold during the second round of the zonal phase in Togo on October 16, 2011.
Nigeria is ranked second and reached the finals by winning gold in the sub zonal phase in Benin on October 31, 2010 and then at the zonal phase in Ghana on August 18, 2011 before finally finishing second in front of their home fans on October 30, 2011.
Angola is ranked fourth as they didn’t participate in the sub zonal phase. However, they won the gold medal at the zonal phase in Gabon on August 7, 2011 and they added another gold during the second round in Nigeria on October 30, 2011.
Mauritius is ranked fifth as they didn’t participate in the sub zonal phase. They came third during the zonal phase in Mozambique on July 17, 2011 and finished second during the second round in Congo Brazzaville on October 23, 2011.
Congo Brazzaville is ranked sixth as they did not participate in the sub zonal phase, but they emerged in the zonal phase after winning silver in Gabon on August 7, 2011 before they capped off their route to the finals with gold in front of their home fans on October 23, 2011.
Egypt is ranked eighth as they won the gold medal in Sudan on December 17, 2010 before they clinched the bronze at the zonal phase in Kenya on July 29, 2011. They finish second during the second round in Togo on October 16, 2011.