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Sitting (Paralympic) Volleyball

The world of sports doesn’t close its doors to those with a disability. Paralympic Volleyball, also known as sitting volleyball, is a sport for disabled athletes. It has a smaller court than regular volleyball, and also a lower net. It has a specific best of five set format in which it is played. The first one to reach 25 points along with a lead of 2 points wins the game.

There are male and female events with a requirement of six on the court at a given time. Athletes with these disabilities can compete in sitting volleyball: spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, stroke, cerebral palsy and amputees.

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It is essential for an athlete to make sure that his/her pelvis is touching the ground at all times. During the game, taking steps or attempting to rise or stand is not allowed. There are only two scenarios in which a brief loss of contact is allowed. First scenario is an attempt to save the ball while making a defensive play in the back zone and the second scenario is while making a defensive play in the front zone. Service blocks are allowed.

Sitting volleyball was first featured in the Paralympic Games as a demonstration sport at the 1976 Toronto Games. It was then introduced as a medal sport in Arnhem in 1980.


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