THE Philippines proved to the world that it can host a magnitude of an event such as the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open.
Beach Volleyball Republic co-founder Charo Soriano was delighted that as first-time hosts, the country was able to hold a successful international beach volleyball tournament.
“I’m very much humbled and very happy. It’s was very fulfilling to see the number of people watching and the amount of support that we are getting for beach volleyball — not only for the Philippine team but even for other athletes as well,” said Soriano.
Playing in front of a big appreciative crowd that packed Sands SM By The Bay, Japan’s Ayumi Kusano and Takemi Nishibori won their first World Tour women’s gold medal following a quick 21-14, 21-18 conquest of Spain’s Maria Belen Carro and Paula Soria in the final.
Germany’s Max-Jonas Karpa and Milan Sievers also snatched their first-ever FIVB World Tour men’s gold, beating Russia’s Petr Bakhnar and Taras Myskiv in come-from-behind fashion, 15-21, 23-21, 15-9.
Filipino fans were treated to and spoiled with world-class beach volleyball action in the four-day, one-star tournament.