Volleyball

Volleyball

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Volleyball

Overview

Volleyball
Court: 18m long × 9m wide
Net height: 2.43m (men's), 2.24m (women's)
In volleyball, two teams of six players each hit the ball back and forth over the net without equipment.

Beach volleyball
Court: 16m long × 8m wide
Net height: 2.43m (men's), 2.24m (women's)
Beach volleyball is played on a beach. Two teams of two players each hit the ball back and forth over the net without equipment.

Key Points

The main feature of volleyball is the sequence of rapid actions of the team members in serving, receiving, tossing and attacking. Winning is determined by ball control techniques and well-organised team play.
Beach volleyball is a very different event from regular volleyball, played on sand under irregular sand and wind conditions. To cover the wide area of the court, the two players on each team display great athleticism.

History

Volleyball was invented in the US in 1895. The sport, however, gained popularity in countries other than the US. Volleyball made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 1964 Games. The Japanese women's team, dubbed the "Witches of the Orient," won the gold medal at these Games, attracting global attention.
Beach volleyball is a newer volleyball event that achieved worldwide popularity after the 1980s. It has been included among official Games sports since the Atlanta Games in 1996.

Courtesy of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Bureau of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Preparation (as of January 2016)

Competition Venues

  • Ariake Arena
  • Shiokaze Park

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