It’s fast, furious and fantastic to watch as well as being one of the top three most-played sports in the world. Here’s what you need to know about Volleyball at London 2012.
Olympic Volleyball has two disciplines: the indoor, teams of six game which will be played at Earls Court and its sexier, sandier sister Beach Volleyball, with teams of two in skimpies, to be played outdoors on Horseguards Parade.
Paralympic Volleyball is played sitting down but the rules are basically the same, just one buttock must be in contact with the floor when making contact with the ball. ExCel is where you’ll find Sitting Volleyball.
All disciplines have competitions for men’s and women’s teams, with 6 gold medals up for grabs in all.
Did you know: It’ll be the first time Team GB has been represented in Olympic Volleyball, qualifying to take up host nation places. Local talent will be playing in the teams which both include three Londoners; Dami Bakare, Peter Bakare and Andrew Pink plus Lizzie Reid, Janine Sandell and newbie, 18 year old Savanah Leaf.
Included on the women’s Paralympic team is Martine Wiltshire, who took up the sport after losing her legs in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. On the men’s team London is well represented by Muzzafar Jabbar, John Munro, Ashgar Nasimi, Anton Raimundo, John Worrall and captain, Rob Richardson.
Want to have a go? The London Volleyball Association can help you find a club, whether you’re in Balham, Battersea, Bounds Green, Bethnal Green, Bow or beyond.
We’re bringing you the Londonist lowdown on all Olympic and Paralympic sports in the run up to London 2012.
Photo of London Prepares Beach Volleyball by Martin Deutsch via the Londonist Flickrpool.