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Players selected for last chance at Olympic qualification

Players selected for last chance at Olympic qualification

Australia still has the opportunity to earn one more Olympic quota in men’s beach volleyball at the Asian Continental Cup Finals later this week, with  selectors naming  six  athletes in contention.

The tournament starts on Friday 21 June in Ningbo, China with two teams to be finalised before play begins:

  • Paul Burnett
  • Izac Carracher
  • Chris McHugh
  • Mark Nicolaidis
  • Jack Pearse
  • D’Artagnan Potts

Zachery Schubert and Thomas Hodges – who were named on the Paris 2024 team last week –  have already earned Australia one quota in the men’s draw based on world ranking\s during the Olympic qualification period. Under the qualification rules, Schubert and Hodges are now ineligible to earn Australia a second Olympic quota.

Craig Marshall, Volleyball Australia National Performance Director, said all players heading to China are thoroughly deserving of their selection.

“We have very talented and hard-working players representing Australia this week, who acknowledge the pressure of this tournament and are looking forward to performing in China,” said Marshall. “I know we will fight and put in a performance at the Olympic qualifier that all of Australia will be proud of.

“They are determined to do their best to qualify another quota spot for Australia to the Paris Olympic Games and want to make history by being the first country to win the Men’s Asian Continental Cup Final twice.

“These guys have been building towards this opportunity for quite some time and are really looking forward to the challenge in front of us.

“We are going to do our best, put it all out there on the court and see what happens.”

Australia received a direct passage to the 2024 Continental Cup Finals courtesy of their victory at the 2021 tournament which saw McHugh and Damien Schumann ultimately selected for the Tokyo Games.

Australia’s women did not earn their way into the Continental Cup Finals having bowed out in the Oceania qualifying tournament last year. That leaves Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy as the sole Australian women’s team in Paris.

The 2024 AVC Continental Cup Finals start on Friday in Ningbo, China when Australia will play their quarter-final. Victory will see Australia through to Saturday’s semi-finals before Olympic quotas are decided on Sunday.

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