The combined top-10 teams from Hamburg and Utrecht will battle it out with five invitational teams in both genders at the King of the Court Beach Volleyball finals at Aspire Zone in Doha from January 5-8, 2022.
The total amount of prize money for the King of the Court Events in 2021 will be $325,000.
Beach Volleyball in Qatar has been growing over the past years. With the four-star World Tour events that have proven to be top class. Home team Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan have really shown the world their immense potential over the last months, winning a bronze medal on the Olympics of 2021, reaching five World Tour four-star finals from which they won Cancún III. They also picked up the title in the one-star event in Doha last February.
Aspire Zone is the beating heart of the region. Known for hosting high-end multi-sport events, Aspire Zone has an impact that drives international progress in sports. Dutch King of the Court organizer Sportworx is very pleased to have signed a long-term deal with Aspire to host King of the Court in Doha. One added objective is to develop the sport even more in the region and we are looking forward to part of this development.
Mohammed Mubarak Al Kuwari, Chief Marketing Officer at Aspire Zone Foundation, said: “We are proud to host “King of Court Crown Series finals 2021” for the first time in the Middle East and especially in Aspire Zone Foundation, in collaboration with Qatar Volleyball Association”.
Ali Ghanem Al Kuwari, President of the Qatar Volleyball Association, said: “We are extremely excited and proud that the State of Qatar is hosting the King of the Court Crown Series Finals at the Aspire Zone. The strategy we, the QVA and the State of Qatar Sports leaders, have been implementing the last years have led up to the perfect infrastructure, atmosphere and support we need to ensure these events come to the sports capital of the region. Also, the outstanding sports performance by our national teams and in particular by our local heroes Cherif and Ahmed has earned Qatar a spot between the best Beach Volleyball countries at the moment. We wish all participants a successful, amazing and spectacular tournament. Welcome to Qatar!”
Wilco Nijland, CEO of Sportworx added: “I have tremendous respect for the opportunity that is offered in Qatar, especially at Aspire Zone, to host, facilitate and develop important sporting events.
Beach Volleyball is the second sport of Qatar, lots of people head out to the desert to camp out and beach volleyball nets are always in their luggage. The sport is being played all around and with Cherif and Ahmed as their frontrunners, Qatar is at the pinnacle of Beach Volleyball. This is reflected in the way they’re hosting the World Tour each year. The format of King of the Court suits Qatar and its people very well and I look forward to developing the concept even further. Doha will be an essential part of growing King of the Court, shown not only by deal with Aspire, but also the enthusiasm and dedication of the Qatar Volleyball Association.”