With an international body to look after the sport and its growing popularity, indoor volleyball was granted Olympic status in 1957 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Volleyball made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 1964 Games. Brazil, the erstwhile Soviet Union and Italy have bagged the most medals in men's Olympic volleyball (six each), with the South American team leading the honours with their three golds and three silvers.
Olympic volleyball’s illustrious story began at the 1924 Paris Olympics, when the USA performed a one-off demonstration event. The sport had been booming in popularity since its invention some 30 years earlier, when it was created in the USA as a relaxed alternative to basketball.
Volleyball made its Olympic debut at Tokyo 1964, with the USSR taking men’s gold and the host nation winning the women’s competition. Beach volleyball , which had its origins on the beaches of California back in 1930, had to wait until 1996 for its inclusion on the Olympic programme , and it has helped take the global reach and popularity of the sport to a new level.
The history of Olympic volleyball can be traced back to the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, where volleyball was played as part of an American sports demonstration event. Its addition to the Olympic program, however, was given only after World War II , with the foundation of the FIVB and of some of the continental confederations.
11/18/19 | AVP Staff Writer. When a sport gains Olympic status, like indoor volleyball did in 1957 and beach volleyball did in 1996, it feels like the gold stamp of approval from athletes and onlookers across the globe. That’s why there are always dozens of sports vying for inclusion, from baseball and MMA to wakeboarding and chess.
The history of Volleyball began in Massachusetts in the United States in 1895, its creator was physical education teacher William G. Morgan. The sport’s original name was “Mintonette”, but was soon named Volleyball. At first Volleyball was a sport practiced only in the United States, but soon spread all over the world, it was made an Olympic sport and one of the most popular and most practiced sports in the world.
One of the big milestones on the rules timeline is the introduction of a specifically for volleyball designed ball in 1900. In 1912 the amount of players in a team was set at six, which is the same as today. Also the rotation before serve was introduced. 1915 the number of players in a team varies between 2 to 6.
1964: Volleyball was introduced to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. 1965: The California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) was formed. 1974: The World Championships in Mexico were telecast in Japan.