Volleyball has come a long way from the dusty-old YMCA gymnasium of Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA, where the visionary William G. Morgan invented the sport back in 1895. It has seen the start of two centuries and the dawn of a new millennium. Volleyball is now one of the big five international sports, and the FIVB, with its 220 affiliated national federations, is the largest international sporting federation in the world.
A decisive moment in the history of volleyball’s first 100 years was certainly that of the founding of the FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball) when in April 1947 representatives of 14 countries (Belgium, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Uruguay, USA and Yugoslavia) met in Paris under the leadership of France’s Paul Libaud to found the FIVB. Mr. Libaud, President of the French Federation, was elected first President ...
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There are six Grand Slam events, 16 double-gender events, five men’s single-gender events and four women’s single-gender events. The FIVB and SWATCH renew their beach volleyball sponsorship agreement, extending until 2012 a successful partnership that first began in 2003.
Libaud assumed the role of FIVB's first president, a position he held on to till 1984. The first volleyball World Championships for men was held in 1949 in Prague and in 1952 for women in Moscow. FIVB has since grown into becoming one of the biggest sporting organisations in the world with 222 affiliated bodies.
September 1990: The first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Council gathers in Lausanne to determine a growth programme for b each v olleyball. 1989/90. Three FIVB Beach Volleyball World Series events are held with USD 140,000 total prize money.
Volleyball at the Olympics. Volleyball made its Olympic debut at the 1964 Tokyo Games after being adopted by the International Olympic Committee as a non-Olympic sport in 1949. Eight years later, on September 24, 1957, the IOC session in Sofia recognised Volleyball as an Olympic sport and FIVB as the sole worldwide Volleyball governing body in all its disciplines.
1947: The Federation Internationale De Volley-Ball (FIVB) was founded. 1948: The first two-man beach tournament was held. 1949: The initial World Championships were held in Prague, Czechoslovakia. 1964: Volleyball was introduced to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. 1965: The California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) was formed.
Before the FIVB was founded volleyball was part of the International Amateur Handball Federation.The FIVB was founded in France in April 1947. In the late 1940s, some of the European national federations began to address the issue of creating an international governing body for the sport of volleyball.