The 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour returns to the Eternal City this week for the $600,000 Grand Slam Rome.
The double-gender tournament is the final world tour qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympic Games next month, and will once again be held at the Foro Italico in the heart of Rome.
16 of the top ranked teams, who have played a minimum of 12 world tour events, and a maximum of two teams per country will qualify for their respective countries in the final Olympic field of 24 teams per gender.
The reigning champions in the men's event are Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego and they return to defend their crown, as do Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca in the women's competition.
Women’s play at the Grand Slam Rome began on Tuesday with the gold medal match set for June 16, while the men’s action commences on Wednesday with their gold medal match due to be played on Sunday.
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