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Paralympic Sitting Volleyball

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Sitting Volleyball's roots come from the German game sitzball, and emerged from the Netherlands in the 1950s. This year's Paralympic tournament takes place at the ExCeL Centre over 10 days.†

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What is Sitting Volleyball?


The rules of Sitting Volleyball are very similar to the regular sport: two teams of six play on a 10m by 6m court divided by a net (1.15m high for men, 1.05m for women) and have three touches (in addition to a legal block) to get the ball back across the net and, hopefully, to land it in the opposition's half of the court. Matches are the best of five sets (the first to 25 points) with a deciding fifth set played to 15 points, with a margin of at least two points always required for victory.


Who won Sitting Paralympic Volleyball gold in Beijing in 2008?


The 2008 Beijing Games held the second Paralympic Sitting Volleyball womenís tournament, and for a second time China won gold. The USA took home the silver and the Dutch team scooped a bronze.† Iran met old foes and defending champions Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Menís final; Iran took home the medal and Russia collected a bronze.


Do ParalympicsGB have a chance of winning any Sitting Volleyball medals?


Team GB are relative newcomers to the Sitting Volleyball scene - and it will be the first time ever that Great Britain will have both men's and women's teams represented at a Paralympic Games. In 1991 the sport's programme was abandoned and it was only revived when London won the Olympic host bid. It's hard to predict the success of the newly formed teams, but high hopes are pinned on some of the up and coming stars. The team is made up of players who were discovered at ParalympicsGB talent identification days. One particularly familiar face competing in the women's tournament is Martine Wiltshire (nee Wright), who was one of the last people to be saved from the tube train wreckage at Aldgate following the 7/7 London bombings. She's joined by Sam Bowen, a former gunner in Royal Artillery who was caught by a mortar blast in Al-Amarah, Iraq. Their first match is on Friday 31st August against European champions, Ukraine. The men's team, captained by Rob Richardson, includes Netra Rana, a Gurkha who was injured on patrol in Afghanistan; Charlie Walker, a former bomb disposal officer who lost his legs after contracting meningitis; and Richard Dobell, believed to be the only player in the history of volleyball to have represented Great Britain in all three disciplines of indoor, beach and sitting versions of the game.


Where will the Paralympic Sitting Volleyball take place?


The largest competition venue, ExCeL, will host the Sitting Volleyball tournament. The busy conference centre is based is Londonís Docklands and was built in 2001, it will also host it will also host the Boccia, Powerlifting, Judo and Wheelchair Fencing tournaments. To take a look at exactly where all the Paralympic venues are located, check out our Paralympics Map. There are plenty of hotels, culture and entertainment destinations easily reached from the ExCeL, the O2 is less than half an hour away and the historical Billingsgate Market is also well worth a visit.


When is Paralympic Sitting Volleyball?


The Sitting Volleyball competition runs from Thursday 30th August to Saturday 8th September, with medal events taking place on the 7th and 8th September. See our Paralympics Day-By-Day Guide for detailed listings.


How do I get to the Paralympic Sitting Volleyball at the ExCeL


The ExCeL Centre is located just south of the main Olympic Park, north of the River Thames and beside the Royal Victoria Dock. The most used venue outside of the Park, the ExCeL opened its doors in 2000 and is one of Europe's largest†exhibition†spaces. DLR stations Custom House and Prince Regent both service the ExCeL Centre and you can also access it via the brand new Emirates Air Line cable car that carries passengers across the Thames between Royal Victoria Docks and the Greenwich Peninsula.


What are the disability divisions for Paralympic Sitting Volleyball?


Many players are actually ambulant. The game allows players with all physical impairments who find themselves unable to compete against able-bodied athletes. There are two categories of classification: disabled and minimally disabled. Only one minimally disabled player may play for each team at one time.


How do I get tickets for Paralympic Sitting Volleyball?


Tickets can be purchased from More than 2.1 million of the 2.5 million available tickets have already been sold - organisers are claiming this could be the first Paralympics to sell out in the 52 year history of the Games. Twitter users could start following @2012TicketAlert, an unofficial feed set up during the Olympics which runs a check on the official site every three minutes and tweets every time a ticket becomes available.


When did Sitting Volleyball first appear in the Paralympics?


Sitting Volleyball originates from the 1950s and the Netherlands. It used to be played as both sitting and standing events but the standing version was dispensed with before the 2000 Sydney Games. The sport first appeared at the Paralympics at the Arnhem 1980 Games. The womenís event was added to the programme in 2004.





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