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BEIJING (Reuters) The winner of the Olympic beach volleyball might just be Hainan province. The tropical island off China’s southern coast provided the 17,000 tonnes of sand shipped to Beijing for the Olympics, and if the athletes’ first reactions are anything to go by, it is quickly winning new fans.
“This sand is fabulous. defending champion Kerri Walsh, who has competed on many of the world’s most famous beaches.
Brazilian born Cristine Santanna, who now plays for Georgia, said it was like performing on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro despite the sand lying in huge pits in the centre of a crowded city rather than at home on the shores of the South China Sea.
The sand used for beach volleyball is strictly regulated by the international federation no stones or shells,
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It was then shipped from China’s island province to Tian Jin, piled on to trucks, driven to Beijing and tipped out in the Chaoyang stadium and practice courts, where it is hosed and raked regularly to keep it from packing down too densely.
Former Olympic champion Karch Kiraly agreed the sand was something quite special even if the 12,200 seat stadium could not match the beauty of the 2000 Olympics when the beach volleyball was held on the sprawling sands of Bondi Beach.
“The sand is phenomenal,” he said. “It’s a lot better than in Greece. In Sydney,
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