Beach volleyball – an Olympic sport, a team sport game with a ball on the sandy ground divided by a high net, its purpose is to direct the ball towards the opponent for him to land on a half of the opponent or make a mistake on the opposing team’s player.
The International Volleyball Federation (from Fédération Internationale de Volleyball of France, abbr. FIVB) is an international federation linking 220 national federations. The head office is located in the city of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Beach volleyball emerged in the early 1920s on beaches in California (USA). In 1927, beach volleyball was studied in Europe, first in France and then Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Latvia.
The first official beach volleyball tournament was held in the US in 1947, after which the game began to become popular and almost by surfing.
In 1965, the California Beach Volleyball Association was established, and it also developed the first rules for beach volleyball. In 1983, the Association of Professional Volleyball Players (AVP) was established.
In 1986, beach volleyball received the title of an international sport, and in 1987, the first, unofficial world championship, was held in Rio de Janeiro. The first official championship was only held in 1997 in Los Angeles.
In 1996, beach volleyball debuted at the Olympic Games in
The French still prefer to speculate that it was on the natural beaches of Côte d’zurur, the first time they started throwing the ball over the net. But things have happened differently. A sport like beach volleyball, can only come to Americans.
Why? Because in many ways this is an ideal sport. The excitement of the team, the spectacular battles on the sand and of course the beauty of the human body in all its pristine nature.
It was Americans who campaigned for the introduction of beach volleyball into the official program of the Olympics (of course, this happened in the United States, at the Atlanta Olympics), and today athletes from the Olympics The new world is on the list of the most famous and wealthiest people in the world.
If you believe in legends, the father of beach volleyball is of Hawaiian descent, Duke Kahanamoku, a legendary figure in many respects – an orchestra of real Muslims: swimming champion three times Olympic (1912 and 1920), a member of the American team and one of the first surfers in the history of world sports.