Volleyball was first involved in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 1964 and settled its place in the hearts of the Japanese public when their women’s national team won Olympic gold and their men’s team achieved bronze. Known as the ‘Witches of the Orient’ for their mesmerizing presentations and more than two-thirds of the entire country watched the final of Japanese women’s team against the Soviet Union in 1964. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Volleyball Tickets online.
The Japanese men’s team reached the highpoint of the sport eight years later when they won gold at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games and in 1976 in Montreal, the women’s team as well returned to the top of the podium. Japan ranks as the fourth most successful Olympic volleyball nation with 3 gold 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.
Since its debut in 1964 volleyball has expanded to become one of the most popular sports at the Olympic Games. Volleyball and beach volleyball events entirely sold out the last two Olympic Games and according to the IOC Data report, volleyball was the number one sport by collected hours of spectators at Rio 2016.
The FIVB is looking to build on this triumph and there is no reason why volleyball and beach volleyball will not sell out once again in Tokyo. Volleyball remains one of Japan’s beloved sports. A recent national survey reported that 35% of people between Twelve and Twenty-one are looking forward to watching the sport more than any other in 2020.
FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° said:
“There is a great historical connection between the FIVB and Japan and we want to celebrate that in Tokyo, It is a wonderful opportunity to connect our sport’s illustrious past with the exciting future that we are creating.”
In Tokyo national teams will play in the Ariake Arena, a brand new stadium purpose-built for the Olympic Games. As an enduring place, there are additional legacy benefits that the 12,000 seater stadium will provide to local residents and businesses. Aside from hosting volleyball, the Arena will be used for other sporting tournaments, concerts, and conventions. Beach volleyball matches will occur at the eye-catching Shiokaze Park on the Tokyo waterfront.
President Graça said:
“When the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee decided to invest in the Ariake Arena, it was a great day for the FIVB and Japanese volleyball, This state-of-the-art stadium will inspire the next generation of Japanese volleyball players, not just during the Games but for years to come.”
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