India at the Asian Games. The Indian volleyball team had an almost immediate impact on the global stage, winning the 1955 Asian Tournament in Tokyo and another followed soon, at the 1958 Asian Games. Volleyball was played for the first time at that edition, and the Indian men’ volleyball team, led by the veteran Gurudev Singh, clinched bronze.
The history of Volleyball in India is quite a short one. Its onset in the subcontinent comes at the same time as its independence, and this makes the sport another hand-me-down from the colonisers. And despite having some semblance of a national structure in its initial stages in India, Volleyball has become strangely restricted when one looks ...
The volleyball courts in India are generally 18 meters long and 9m wide. It is split into 2 halves, each 9m in length. The net is 2.43 and 2.24 m above ground level for men and women respectively. There is an attack line 3m from and parallel to the net. This is for the teams to split their formations into a front and back row sub-teams.
Volleyball is a sport played all over India, both in rural as well as urban India. It is a popular recreation sport. India was ranked 5th in Asia, and 27th in the world in 2013. Doing well in the youth and junior levels, in second in the 2003 World Youth Championships.
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With YMCA societies playing prominent roles in regions like India, China, Europe, South America and Africa, volleyball would soon spread in these regions. It was in Asia that it gathered steam. By 1913, the growth of the game in the continent was evident as that year saw it being included in the first Far-Eastern Games, organised in Manila.
The India men's national volleyball team represents India in international volleyball competitions. It is managed by the Volleyball Federation of India and is currently sponsored by Sahara India Pariwar and Asics. The Indian volleyball team has had a rollercoaster ride in its history.
Historically, female volleyball players from India have put in a lot of effort to reach the top. The Indian women’s volleyball game has a rich history, tracing back to the early 50s. Nirmal Saini, Zubeida Khalili, and a select group of other volleyball players were the early pioneers.