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The site of North Elba’s new beach volleyball and pickleball courts on the lacrosse fields is visible Tuesday. (Corporate photo — Andy Flynn)

LAKE PLACID — This village will no longer host the International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Beach Volleyball Championships from August 24-28. Instead, the competition will be held in Maceio, Brazil from September 6 to 10.

Meanwhile, the city of North Elba will continue to complete a total of four courts: two for beach volleyball and two for pickleball, according to City Supervisor Derek Doty. Work has begun on four beach volleyball courts at the city’s lacrosse fields near the World Cup transfer station.

When Adirondack Sports Council Executive Director Ashley Walden and FISU officials agreed to cancel the world championships in May, there was no press release, according to John Lundin, head of communications for the 2023 World University Winter Games, which is being organized by the ASC . Instead, a statement was issued on May 13, but only sent to the media who had asked about the venue change, Lundin said Tuesday. It was not mass sent to the media like all other ACS press releases.

“This was a mutual decision by both FISU and the Adirondack Sports Council,” Walden said in the statement. “It was an extremely difficult decision to make, but it is in the best interest of the council and FISU to focus our energy, efforts and resources on the 31st FISU Winter World University Games.”

The Games will be held from January 12 to 22, 2023.

The FISU World University Beach Volleyball Championship will feature 32 men’s and women’s teams from 30 countries. It has been held every two years since 2002 and was last held in 2018 in Munich, Germany.

The Adirondack Sports Council intended to use the volleyball tournament as a test event to prepare for the 2023 Games, but it was not required by FISU, Lundin said.

The 2022 FISU World University Speed ​​Skating Championships in Lake Placid last March was a test event for the 2023 Games. The test events help organizers develop systems for areas such as accreditation, medical services and transportation.

On March 31, Lundin told the Lake Placid News that the volleyball championships will be held on the as-yet-unbuilt beach volleyball courts at the old Lake Placid Club tennis courts, although prep work on the courts has already begun on the lacrosse fields.

Doty said there are some die-hard beach volleyball fans in Lake Placid who are sad to see the world championship move to Brazil.

“Since then, I’ve had outrage from locals who were excited that beach volleyball was coming,” Dottie said, “so the city agreed to put in two beach volleyball courts instead of four, and the other two prepared courts would be turned into a pickle.”

The beach volleyball courts should be completed in August, and the pickleball courts are expected to be ready in September, according to Doty. Work to be completed includes netting and fencing, placing sand for the volleyball courts and pouring concrete pads for the pickleball courts.

Doty said he expects to submit a grant application to the North Elba Township Local Improvement and Development Fund to pay for the fence.

The city will pay up to $3,500 for the sand on both volleyball courts and $12,000 for the concrete pads for the two pickleball courts, according to Doty.

A group of volunteers will pay for the beach volleyball nets, paddles, balls, padding, etc. Volunteers include retired Lake Placid High School volleyball coach Donna Moody and Sarah Galvin.

“The city felt really good supporting this beach volleyball effort, mostly because they want to encourage not only the adult side of things, but to encourage kids to come out there and start playing the sport.” Dottie said.

Previous work on the courts was funded by organizers of the 2023 Lake Placid Games, according to Doty.

“This will help make the lacrosse fields a more regularly used area,” Dottie said, “because people ask every day about pickleball courts. The demand for beach volleyball remains to be seen, but I know there is a pretty good contingent from Lake Placid that travels to Tupper Lake almost every weekend during the summer to play.”

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