Italy to stage Olympic beach volleyball qualifiers



LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The final two spots for men and women for beach volleyball at the London Olympics will be decided at a qualifying event in Italy.

The International Volleyball Federation says Tortoli on the island of Sardinia will host the World Cup Olympic Qualification tournaments from June 27-July 1.

Teams will come from countries ranked second and third in Continental Cups staged in June by each of the FIVB’s five confederations.

In Italy, two teams will advance from each of the men’s and women’s events to complete the London lineup.

The Olympic competitions comprise 24 men’s and women’s pairs, with a maximum of two teams from each country.