With the eyes set on Santiago 2023 begins the South American Beach Volleyball Circuit

The best couples of the region will meet in Rancagua highlighting the Chileans Esteban and Marco Grimalt, both gold medalists in the recent XII South American Games held in Asuncion.


The sand sport fan’s eyes will be on Rancagua for several days because between Friday, January 20th (today), and Sunday, January 22th, the first stop of the South American Beach Volleyball Circuit will be held at the “Patricio Mekis” sports venue in Rancagua.

In this opportunity, 16 of the best men’s teams and 15 women’s teams from South America will meet, who will get together in the O’higgins Region to begin in the best way a year highlighted by the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games.

One of the great couples that will participate in the event, the Grimalt cousins, were happy to start the year playing home field. In this sense, the South American champions in Asuncion 2022 declared that “we have been preparing ourselves for this moment a lot of time and having the chance to live it in Rancagua, closer to our home, is something special to us.”

Meanwhile, the Undersecretary of Sports, Antonia Illanes, emphasized the importance of developing this kind of event out of Santiago. “It is essential for the work we are doing in favor of decentralization and I’m sure this will represent us in the best way, not only today but also during the Pan American Games” Illanes stated.

The host, the mayor of Rancagua, Juan Ramón Godoy claimed that the city “is full of sport and ready to receive this event of international quality”.

Cousins Marco and Esteban Grimalt begin the season in Rancagua. The couple had an excellent year 2022 crowned with a gold medal in Asuncion (picture from: Comunicaciones COCH).


The men’s tournament will be played in groups: 4 groups of 4 couples each. The team with the best average number of sets won in each series will advance directly to the quarterfinals. The second and third teams of each zone will face each other, after a draw, in the round of 16.

In women’s teams the system is similar, however, Group A will have only 3 couples. The leaders in terms of average number of sets won in each zone will advance directly to the quarterfinals. The second and third teams will have to compete to fill the quotas in the round of the best eight.

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