London 2012 Sitting Volleyball schedule announced
25th May 2012
The London 2012 Sitting Volleyball competition schedule has been confirmed detailing when teams will play each other in the early stages of the tournament at ExCeL this summer. The teams, made up of 110 men and 88 women, will compete from Thursday 30 August to Saturday 8 September and Great Britain will make their Paralympic debut.
The London 2012 Paralympics will be the first time Great Britain has entered Sitting Volleyball teams. The men start against Beijing 2008 bronze medallists Russia on Thursday 30 August, while the women begin the following day against European champions Ukraine.
Iran men’s Sitting Volleyball team, current Paralympic champions and gold medal winners at five of the last six Paralympic Games, will take on Rwanda in their first game on Thursday 30 August, and will face arch-rivals and Beijing 2008 silver medallists Bosnia & Herzegovina in their final group game on Tuesday 4 September.
Current Paralympic women’s champions China start their tournament on Friday 31 August with a highlight match against USA – who finished second to China at Beijing 2008.
On Sunday 2 September a number of matches are predicted to be key in deciding the final pool standings and live TV coverage begins. The finals of the women’s competition takes place on Friday 7 September and the men’s final on Saturday 8 September.
Tickets are still available from www.tickets.london2012.com for what is one of the most fast-paced and exciting Paralympic sports, with tickets priced at £15 or just £5 for young people and seniors. £10 ExCeL Day Passes are also available for general admission on a first come, first served basis.
The full competition schedule can be viewed here.
Debbie Jevans, London 2012 Director of Sport, said: “The Sitting Volleyball competition promises to give us some real highlights this summer. With Great Britain entering sitting volleyball teams at the Paralympics for the first time and the gold and silver medallists from Beijing 2008 clashing in the group stages in both the men’s and women’s competitions, there are already some fantastic match-ups to look forward to. It’s great that people still have the chance to buy tickets to be there to experience what promises to be two exciting, and closely contested, events.”
Denis Le Breuilly, Sport Director and Technical Delegate for the World Organisation Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) said: “In line with the growth of the sport worldwide, London 2012 sees the largest Sitting Volleyball competition in Paralympic Games history. The announcement of the competition schedule is one of the most exciting milestones in the journey to the Games and focuses everyone’s enthusiasm to welcoming the world’s top athletes in the coming months. The WOVD know the event is going to be exciting and memorable in one of the top cities and top venues in the world.”