Sitting Volleyball Underway in Rio
10th September 2016
The Paralympic Sitting Volleyball competition began yesterday with some of the best teams in the world vying for medals.
In both the men’s and women’s competition there are 8 teams, split into two pools of four:
- Pool A - Brazil, Egypt, Germany, USA
- Pool B - Iran, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ukraine, China
- Pool A - Brazil, Ukraine, Netherlands, Canada
- Pool B - China, USA, Iran, Rwanda
The preliminary rounds run until Wednesday 14th September but the highlight of the opening round is likely to come on Monday night (12th) when there will be a repeat of the London 2012 finals. First up at 22:30 BST, China take on the USA in the women’s competition followed by Iran versus Bosnia in the men’s competition at 00:30 BST.
The competitions then conclude with the women’s medal matches on Saturday 17th and the Men’s on Sunday 18th.
Sitting Volleyball Development Manager is looking forward to the competition. “There should be some really good matches over the next 10 days and potentially a few surprises. I think we could see two new Gold medallists with the USA beating China in the women’s event and the hosts coming out on top in the men’s.”
“I’m also excited to see what happens in Pool A of the women’s competition, this could be a really close pool and features two teams we know well in Canada and Netherlands. Whoever comes out as the top two are likely to contest the bronze medal.”
As well as looking out for the teams, keep an eye out for English referee, Glynn Archibald who is officiating at his second Paralympic Games.
You can keep up to date with of the action from the Games via the World ParaVolley website.