Volleyball is a popular sport in which 2 teams of six players which are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by placing a ball on the ground on the other team’s field according to well-defined rules. It is part of the official program of the Summer Olympics since Tokyo in 1964. Sports fanatics from all over the world can buy Olympic Volleyball Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Olympic Volleyball at the Tokyo 2020
Olympic Volleyball at the Tokyo 2020

Origin of volleyball

In the winter of 1895, William G. Morgan director of physical education at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). He created a new game called Mintonette, a name derived from badminton. As a hobby played indoors and by any number of players.

The game took some of its features from other sports such as tennis and handball. Another indoor sport Basketball was making inroads in the region. Mintonette was designed to be an indoor sport, less irregular than basketball for older YMCA members while requiring a little athletic effort.

Volleyball has been part of the Olympic Summer Games program for both men and women since 1964.

Brazil, United States, and the former Soviet Union are the only teams to win several gold medals at the men’s tournament since its introduction. The other five editions of the Olympic men’s volleyball tournament each were won by a different country. Including Japan, Poland, the Netherlands, Russia, and defunct Yugoslavia.

Olympic Volleyball at the Tokyo 2020
Olympic Volleyball at the Tokyo 2020

The 14 editions of the Women’s Olympic Volleyball Tournament were won by only five countries. Those winning countries are Brazil, Cuba, China, Japan, and the former Soviet Union.

The history of Olympic volleyball dated back to the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Where volleyball was played as part of an American sporting event. Its addition to the Olympic program was announced after the Second World War. In 1957 a special tournament was held at the 53rd IOC Session in Sofia, Bulgaria, to respond to this request.

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