Cherif, Tijan off to a winning start in Rome

Cherif, Tijan off to a winning start in Rome

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Qatar’s Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan were off to a victorious start at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Rome 2022 when the Oympic bronze winners blanked their Paraguayan opponents yesterday.

Gonzalo Melgarejo and Roger Daniel were no match for World No. 2 Cherif and Tijan in yesterday’s Main Draw – Pool D match in the Italian capital as the Qataris picked up their opening points with a score line of 21-13, 21-12 to top their group. 

Cherif and Tijan will meet their next opponents, Americans Taylor Sander and Taylor Crabb today before taking on Frenchmen Youssef Krou and Arnaud Gauthier-Rat on Monday.

The tournament sees 48 teams per gender, distributed into 12 round-robin pools of four duos each. At the end of the pool phase, the top two teams in each pool and the best four third-placed pairs will advance to the elimination rounds. 

The remaining eight teams that rank third in their pools will play a four-match lucky-loser round to complete the 32 teams in the knockout bracket. The entire tournament will feature 216 matches across 10 days of competition.