Paris 2024: history, practice, athletes... All you need to know about volleyball at the Olympic Games

Published by Laurent de Sortiraparis · Published on June 21th, 2024 at 06:06 p.m.
As Paris prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2024, volleyball and beach volleyball are among the most eagerly awaited disciplines. Find out everything you need to know about these exciting sports: from the history of their inclusion in the Olympics, to practical details such as event venues, the number of places available, key dates, and of course, the promising French athletes who will be aiming for Olympic gold.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games, scheduled to take place in the French capital, promise an unforgettable sporting spectacle! And among the sports featured in the competition, volleyball and beach volleyball... Two sports combining technique, strategy and team spirit, highlighted at various emblematic venues and offering spectators a unique experience for the occasion.

A brief history:

Volleyball, invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan at Springfield University in Massachusetts, USA, aimed to create a less intense sport than basketball for middle-aged men. The sport quickly gained in popularity, evolving into the dynamic game we know today, characterized by passing, spiking and blocking. Beach volleyball, meanwhile, emerged on the beaches of Santa Monica in the 1920s, offering a more casual but equally competitive version of volleyball.

Details of volleyball and beach volleyball events at Paris 2024 :

  • Venues: Volleyball will be held at the Paris Arena Sud, while beach volleyball will take place at the emblematic Champ de Mars site, at the "Stade Tour Eiffel".
  • Capacity: 12,000 spectators for volleyball, 12,860 for beach volleyball.
  • Dates: July 27 to August 11 for volleyball and July 27 to August 10 for beach volleyball.
  • Format: Both sports will be played in teams, emphasizing cohesion and collective strategy.
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In the history of the Olympic Games :

Volleyball made its official entry into the Olympic program in 1964, at the Tokyo Games, while beach volleyball was introduced more recently, at the Atlanta Games in 1996. Since then, these sports have gained in prestige and popularity, with athletes becoming international stars and moments of play remaining engraved in Olympic history.

Beach volleyball was introduced as an official sport at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, following its first appearance as a demonstration event in Barcelona in 1992. Since then, Brazil and the USA have dominated the discipline, together collecting 24 of the 42 medals awarded, including 10 gold. Apart from these two nations, only Germany, Australia and Norway have managed to win Olympic gold in beach volleyball, each in different editions.

Our French athletes :

Among the French athletes to watch out for at Paris 2024, some names are already standing out. In volleyball, Earvin Ngapeth, known for his spectacular performances and his key role in the French team, is one of the most eagerly awaited players, as are Kevin Tillie and Stéphen Boyer, to name but a few. But of course, the whole team, gold medallists at the last Olympic Games (as a reminder), will be under the microscope.

In beach volleyball, the pair ofAlexia Richard and Lézana Placette, recent medallists on the international circuit, represent France's hope in this discipline, although the final selection has not yet been announced. With their talent and determination, these athletes embody the spirit of the Games and promise to fly the flag for France at this historic event.

Where to play volleyball and beach volleyball in Paris and the Ile-de-France region:

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