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Beach volleyball qualifiers for 2019 African Games increased to 24

The number of qualifiers for the men’s and women’s beach volleyball tournaments at the 2019 African Games has been doubled from the 2015 event owing to its popularity among fans.

As reported by Xinhua, African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) President Amr Elwani has said qualification will feature seven zonal competitions and that the best 24 teams per gender will make it to this year’s edition of the multi-sport event in Casablanca and Rabat in Morocco.

At the 2015 African Games in Congo’s capital Brazzaville, beach volleyball had 12 teams per gender.

“The 24 beach volleyball teams will be divided into six preliminary pools of four teams and the top two from each pool will advance to the knock-out stage,” Elwani said.

“The CAVB Board will determine the qualification procedure for the seven zones to determine the final 24 qualified teams.

“The qualifiers calendar will be determined later.”

Elwani has also confirmed that the senior Africa Beach Cup, which is due to take place from March 27 to 31 in a yet-to-be-announced country, will be used as the continental qualifier for the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Hamburg in Germany.

Last month, Morocco’s Sports Minister Rachid Talbi Alami met with the heads of the Presidents of African sporting governing bodies to discuss preparations for the 2019 African Games.

Alami held meetings with the officials in Rabat, Morocco’s capital. 

The North African nation only agreed to step in as hosts in July of last year after Equatorial Guinea pulled out due to economic problems in November 2017.

Morocco has never hosted the African Games and two host cities have never previously shared events.

According to The North Africa Post, Alami said he was committed to making this year’s edition “the best ever organised”.

He added that the event was an opportunity to “bring closer” African athletes and nations while signing a Memorandum of Understanding on his country’s hosting.

The Games, due to run between August 23 and September 3, are set to mark Morocco’s first participation since 1978 in Algeria’s capital Algiers.

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