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Teams are ready for the WUBC
Teams are ready for the WUBC

WUBC Teams nominated

Only a few weeks to go and 32 of the world’s best men and women teams will be competing for the title of University Beach Volleyball Champions in Munich. Find out more about the teams!

From July 9-13 the Technical University of Munich (TUM) together with the German University Sports Federation (adh) will host the 2018 FISU World University Beach Volleyball Championship (WUBC). „We would like to present ourselves as perfect hosts and excel at the same time when the tournament is taking place in our own country. It is our ambitious goal to reach the quarter-finals with our well-prepared teams “, explains adh sport director Thorsten Hütsch.

The adh-board officially nominated two German teams on Thursday following recommendations of national coaches Jörg Ahmann and adh discipline chef Manuel Lohmann. Leonie Körtzinger/Leonie Klinke and Julika Hoffmann/Lisa-Sophie Kotzan as women teams as well as Dan John/Eric Stadie and the twins Bennet and David Poniewaz for the men are going to the start. „I participated in the last two tournaments in Porto and Pärnu, both superb events. However playing for Germany and for my own fans in Munich is the best“, says a happy David Poniewaz.

All athletes are elite athletes in Germany, they have already international experience and would like to establish themselves as world-class athletes. An example is Leonie Körtzinger who played this season together with Olympic champion Kira Walkenhorst. National trainer Jörg Ahmann coaches all teams: „I am looking forward to some exciting matches, as there are some strong international competitors waiting for the German beach volleyball players”, says Lohmann.

For TUM, the WUBC, which is being organized by Central University Sports Munich (ZHS), is embedded in the anniversary year as well. The university celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018 and its motto is:  „150 years culture of excellence “. „Munich is a first-class and international university and sports city. Athletic competition is a principle of action at TUM and that is why the world championship reflects our anniversary”, says TUM president Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang A. Herrmann. The new TUM sports facility was built in Munich Olympic Park in 2017. The area right next to BMW World has 13 courts. An additional central court with 1500 seats as well as a side court with 500 seats will be built for the WUBC, too. Admission is free on all days.

WUBC would not be a world competition for students, if the focus was only on competing. Apart from world-class sports, communication and exchange among nations should be fostered. „I am looking forward to a wonderful week during which I can meet athletes from around the world while competing with them in a fair way“, says participant Körtzinger in anticipation.

Participating teams