The bronze medal match of the men’s beach volleyball at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 will witness Latvia taking on Qatar. While Latvia would like to add to the bronze that they won in the same event in 2012 London Olympics, Qatar is searching for its first ever medal in beach volleyball at the quadrennial event.
Latvia vs Qatar Bronze medal match: Preview
Latvia looked impressive in the Round of 16 as well as quarterfinal matches, taking out both the Brazilian teams in straght sets. However, in the semifinals, the Norwegian team proved too hot to handle for the Latvians as they went down 0-2 (15-21, 16-21) without a fight. Nevertheless, Mārtiņš Pļaviņš, who helped Latvia grab the historic bronze in London 9 years back, is still there playing for his nation in Tokyo and will use all his experience to ensure his and Latvia’s and second bronze in the beach volleyball.
On the other hand, Qatar have had to grind it out in both their previous knockout matches before succumbing to the Russian Olympic Committee in the semis. The Qataris were very much in the game in the first set but ran out of steam in the second to hand ROC a comfortable 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) victory. Having said that, it would be a historic moment for Qatar as they have never made it to the medal round match in beach volleyball at the Olympics.
Tokyo Olympics: Men’s Beach Volleyball Latvia vs Qatar Bronze medal match: Venue and Timings
The bronze medal match between Latvia and Qatar in the men’s beach volleyball will be played on 7th August, 2021 in Shiokaze Park situated in Tokyo.
- Japan (JST): 10:00 am
- India (IST): 6:30 am
- United Kingdom (BST): 2:00 am
- Australia (AEST): 11:00 am
- United States (EDT): 9:00 pm on 6th August, 2021
Latvia vs Qatar Bronze medal match: Prediction
All to play for in this bronze medal match, both Latvia and Qatar will go all out to secure their second and first medal, respectively in beach volleyball at the Summer Games. Latvia has looked more stable team and therefore they enter in this match as favourites. Having said that, Qatar is chasing history and would not let the match slip away so easily out of their hands. So the final prediction is Latvia will win it’s second medal in beach volleyball at the Olympics with the scoreline reading 2-1 in their favour in what can be a nail-biting contest.
Where to watch?
The match will be broadcasted on TV and live streamed worldwide.
Here’s where you can watch it live on TV:
Australia: Seven Network
Bosnia and Herzegovina: BHRT
Brazil: Grupo Globo
Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada Sportsnet TSN TLN
Caribbean: International Media Content Ltd. SportsMax
Czech Republic: ČT
Estonia: Eesti Meedia
Europe: Discovery Communications Eurosport
France: France Télévisions Canal+
Germany: ARD ZDF
Indian subcontinent: Sony Pictures Networks
Japan: Japan Consortium
Latin America: América Móvil
MENA: beIN Sports
New Zealand: Sky Television
North Korea: SBS
Oceania[iii]: Sky Television
Portugal: RTPRomania: TVR
South Africa: SABC SuperSport
South Korea: SBS
Sub-Saharan Africa: Kwesé Sports
Sweden: Kanal 5
Switzerland: SRG SSR
Ukraine UA: PBC
United Kingdom: BBC/Eurosport
United States: NBCUniversal