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Olympics Betting: Volleyball

Tokyo 2020 | 24 July – 8 August | Multiple Rounds & Events

Olympics Volleyball History

Although the game was invented and establish in the late 1800s, volleyball for both men and women became an official Olympic sport at the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964.

Volleyball at Tokyo 2020

For Tokyo 2002, volleyball teams are divided into two pools of six teams with each pool playing a round-robin. The top four teams of each pool advance to the quarterfinals and the final round is played under a knock-out system.

At the Olympics, each team has an allowance of up to 12 players, but only 6 at a time can play on court.

Olympics Volleyball: How it Works

Volleyball is played by two teams on a court divided by a net (2.43m high for men, 2.24m for women).

Much like tennis and badminton, the game is built on serves, rallies and volleys, but in volleyball teams are allowed to touch the ball three times before it must cross over the net into the opponent’s court.

Volleyball teams try to send the ball over the net in order to ground it on the opponent’s side, while also trying to prevent their opponent from doing the same.

Olympics Betting: Volleyball

In men’s volleyball, Brazil is the leading nation, whilst China leads the way in the women’s game. In terms of Olympics betting, both are heavily backed to defend their respective titles from Rio 2016.

Brazil’s men’s team were undefeated throughout the 2019 FIVB World Cup, eventually being crowned champions. In addition to winning the championship, they had Alan Souza named as the most valuable player and two-time Olympian Lucas Saatkamp selected as best middle blocker in the World Cup Dream Team.

The People’s Republic of China lead the women’s game as the back-to-back FIVB World Cup champions. Four of their players received individual awards, with star player Zhu Ting winning her second MVP award in a row.

Serbia represent good value potential, being current holders of the FIVB volleyball women’s World Championship.

Italy have an exciting young side who could cause upsets, with Paola Egonu catching fans’ attention when she topped the scoring charts at the 2018 women’s world championship with an astonishing 324 points.

However, it is Russia who, historically, have most Olympic gold medals in volleyball – four each for both men and women’s competitions.

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