There will be sun, sand and super action when more than 100 of the world's top women players take to the court in Victoria Park during the summer. The 13-leg, US$180,000 FIVB World Tour is coming to the SAR for the first time since its inception in 1998 and organisers are hopeful Olympic champions Natalie Cook and Karri Pottharst of Australia will be the star attractions at the August 22-26 event. 'I believe the Australian pair and the Brazilian pair who won the silver medal are going to come. They will be coming for the prize money and world ranking points,' said Michael O'Hara, president of promoter Asia Sports and Leisure Limited. While the organisers promised to create a carnival-like programme called 'Sportainment' - combining sport and entertainment - during the five-day event, Hong Kong Olympic chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting believes the sport has gained a new dimension and is becoming more popular. 'I don't believe women's beach volleyball has become so popular just because the player wear skimpy outfits,' he said. 'I watched the Sydney Olympics women's final, which broke all previous audience rating records. 'Volleyball traditionalists who objected to putting the beach version of the game in the Olympics changed their minds. Those who watched the sport for aesthetic instead of athletic reasons were converted to the game for its competitive thrills.' American Liz Masakayan, who won three World Tour events with teammate Elaine Youngs last year, told yesterday's press conference she hoped to return to the SAR this summer but would have to weigh her options. 'Every team has to compete in eight events every year. The Hong Kong leg is 11th in the calendar so I have to see how well I do before that. Also, every country is only allowed to have three teams qualified directly for the top 32 in a World Tour event, so it might not be worth me coming a long way to play in the preliminary round,' Masakayan said. Twenty-four places in the 32-team main draw will go to the top 22 teams based on world rankings plus two from Hong Kong. Some 60 other teams will compete in a preliminary competition for the remaining eight places in the draw.