2018 FIVB World Tour – Kish Island Open
The FIVB World Tour has been on break for about a month but the participants for the 3-star MICA Mall Kish Island Open from February 19-24 have been announced.
The Kish Island tournament will feature just men’s pairings with 2017 champions, Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin of Russia, not returning to defend their title. There will be a total of 57 teams from 29 countries participating in the tournament for the third straight season. The tournament will offer up $100,000 (USD) in total prize money, with the first-place team taking home $13,000.
The seventh men’s event on the 2018 international beach volleyball calendar will begin with a country quota (4 German pairs) match on February 19 followed by the qualification tournament on February 20. 8 teams will advance to the 32 team main draw from the qualification tournament. Teams will be able to compete for money starting on February 21 with the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds being played on February 23 with the medal matches on the 24th.
Iran has 4 entries in the tournament – Abbas Pourasgari/Arash Vakili, Aghamohammad Salagh/Abolhamed Mirzaali, Rahman Raoufi/Bahman Salemiinjehboroun and Mohammad Sadeghi Malati/Alireza Aghajanighasab.
A number of American squads will be entered in the tournament, including Trevor Crabb and new partner Skylar Del Sol who will fight through the qualification tournament for a spot in the main draw. Also from the USA are Stafford Slick/Casey Patterson and William Kolinske/Miles Evans. Among other big names to compete are Italy’s Alex Ranghieri/Marco Caminati, Qatar’s Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan and Latvia’s Martins Plavins/Edgars Tocs.