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FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
MAZURY 2013 MEDIA GUIDE
The first Volleyball Men’s World Championship in Prague,
Czechoslovakia. Russia claimed the inaugural title.
1949
The International Olympic Committee adopts volleyball
as a non Olympic sport.
First Men’s World Championships in Prague.
First Women’s European Championships in Prague.
Introduction of the three player attack and the
penetration of the back court setter.
1951
Hands can pass over the net under certain conditions
(
block).
1952
First Women’s World Championship held in Moscow.
1955
Volleyball enters the program of the second Pan
American Games in Mexico City.
1956
Men’s and Women’s World Championships are held
together for the first time in Paris with 24 Men’s and 17
Women’s teams.
1957
IOC session in Sofia recognizes volleyball as an Olympic
sport and FIVB as the sole worldwide volleyball
governing body in all its disciplines on September 24.
1961
IOC sessions and Japan OCOG in Athens add volleyball
to the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
1964
First Olympic volleyball competitions for men and
women are held in Tokyo.
Adoption of the new blocking rule (hands over the net,
block multiple contacts allowed).
1965
The first Men’s World Cup is held in Warsaw, Poland.
1973
The first Women’s World Cup is held in Uruguay.
1974
Men’s and Women’s World Championships are
broadcast on live TV from Mexico to Japan and many
other countries for the first time.
1975
Africa Women’s Championships start in Dakar, Senegal.
1976
Olympic Games are played in Montreal for the first time
with the three-ball system and three hits after the block
are permitted.
Width of the net is reduced to nine metres.
1977
First Junior (Under-21) Men’s and Women’s World
Championships are held in Brazil.
1980
First FIVB Rules of the Game are adopted in French and
Spanish at Moscow Congress.
1985
The first major Volleyball World Plan is approved to bring
volleyball into the professional sports arena.