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Volleyball

THE 2 EVENTS

  • 1 men's tournament
  • 1 women's tournament

THE FORMAT

  • The 12 teams are split into 2 groups of 6. The top 4 in each group advance to the knockout phase, which consists of quarter-finals, semi-finals, the bronze medal match and the final.

MILESTONES

1895

Volleyball is invented by the American William G. Morgan.

1918

The number of players is fixed at 6 per team.

1922

The number of touches of the ball is limited to 3.

April 1947

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) is founded in Paris.

1949

The USSR wins the first men's world championships.

1952

The USSR also wins the first women's world championships.

1964

Volleyball makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.

2000

Changes in the Olympic format: points are scored after each exchange, and the libero position is introduced.

STARS

Aleksandr Savin (USSR)

The symbol of Soviet domination in the 1980s. Gold medallist at the 1980 Games in Moscow and silver medallist at Montreal 1976. He was crowned world champion in 1978 and 1982, and also won 6 European titles.

Karch Kiraly (United States)

The all-rounder. Winner of two volleyball gold medals in 1984 and 1988, he added a third Olympic title by winning the first beach volleyball gold in 1996. World champion in 1986 and European Cup winner in 1992.

Regla Torres (Cuba)

The greatest. Triple Olympic champion in 1992, 1996 and 2000, and world champion in 1994 and 1998. After a fantastic career, she was named "player of the century" by the FIVB in 2001.

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