27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Beach volleyball

Medal events at 2013 Summer Universiade

Overall number of medal events: 2
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Maximum number of entries: 64 teams.

Participating countries

  • AUS
  • AUT
  • BLR
  • BRA
  • GER
  • HKG
  • ISR
  • ITA
  • CAN
  • CHN
  • MEX
  • NZL
  • NOR
  • UAE
  • OMA
  • POL
  • POR
  • RUS
  • USA
  • THA
  • TUR
  • PHI
  • FIN
  • FRA
  • CZE
  • KOR
  • JPN
  • NMI


Medal winning countries and medallists at Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 POL 1 1 0 2
2 RUS 1 0 1 2
3 GER 0 1 1 2

Beach volleyball made its first appearance at the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen. Kadziola/Szalankiewicz (POL) won gold in the men’s tournament, while Sergey Prokopoyev/Yury Bogatov (RUS) were runners-up and Samoday/Popov (UKR) took bronze. The women’s team standings were the following: Germany, USA and Brazil.

The first official beach volleyball competitions in the Soviet Union took place in 1986. In 1989, the Moscow Cup and the USSR Cup were held in Moscow among men’s teams. The Soviet volleyball players later debuted at the World Championships and the World Tour.
The first Russian Championship was held in Sestrorezk in July 1993. In July 1994, the beach-volleyball tournament of the Goodwill Games was held on the beach near the Peter and Paul`s Fortress in Saint Petersburg. In March 1995, the first international indoor beach volleyball match was held in the SKA Sports Palace: Russians played against Brazilians. In 1995, the Russian women's beach volleyball teams debuted at the World Tour.
In August 1998, the first stage of the World Tour was held in Moscow, and 10 years later the Moscow tournament was awarded the status of the Grand Slam Competition. The stages of the beach volleyball World Series in Saint Petersburg – St. Petersburg Open – held since 2005 and stages of the Russian Masters Eurotour in Moscow and Sochi became traditional beach volley events in Russia. In 2005, Moscow, and in 2009, Sochi were the organisers of the European Championship finals.
Russian athletes Dmitry Barsuk and Igor Kolodinsky are silver medallists of the 2007 World Championship in Gstaad and participated in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Young Russian beach volleyball players won three gold medals of the 2008 European Championships: Maria Bratkova and Evgenia Ukolova became first in the U23 category, Evgenia Ukolova paired with Anna Markova won the U20 category, Irina Chayka and Ekaterina Karapischenko topped the European U18 Beach Volleyball Championship.
The All-Russian Volleyball Federation organises the Russian Championship which is arranged in several stages in different cities of Russia, men’s and women’s beach volleyball championships, veteran tournaments.

Geography of Russian beach volleyball championships is expanding. Kazan joined the list of beach volley tournament hosts in 2010, when stages of the Russian Championship and European University Championship took place in the city. Tatarstan athletes participated in the tournaments as well, but with no luck what so ever.
In 2011 the city played host to the Second Stop of Russian Beach Volleyball Championship and Zonal Phase of the CEV Continental Cup, a prestigious tournament aimed at giving non-elite volleyball teams an opportunity to win the London 2012 berth.

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Kazanka Beach Volleyball Centre

Address: Kazanka River Embankment, premises of the Aquatics Palace