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Beach Volleyball at the Olympics: Going for Cover

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Women's beach volleyball has been synonymous with skimpy bikinis, and that includes at the Olympics, since the 1996 games were held in Atlanta.

It could be speculated that the uniform may have something to do with women's beach volleyball's popularity with some of the men who are watching.

The more official reason given for this uniform has been that wearing bikinis may be more comfortable for the players in extreme heat, and maybe they find more freedom while they play. As to what the real reasoning is behind it all, you can draw your own conclusions.

There's a game changer on the way however.

At the 2012 London Olympics, female volleyball players will be given the option to wear shorts as long as 1.18 inches above the knee, and tops with or without sleeves. In cold weather, they can continue to wear body suits as in the past, if they so choose.

Modifying the dress code now is intended as a way to show respect to other countries' cultural mores, and will make room for countries who require more modest dress for the women taking part.

The rules for Olympics volleyball are laid out by the International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB). These regulations determine the size of courts, uniform specifications, and rules of play for both men's and women's games.

In the past, 23 teams for each sex were chosen according to the number of points in FIVB Olympic qualification tournaments. The twenty-fourth team was always the host country. Every country could have a maximum of two entries.

Beginning in 2012, the FIVB rankings will take just the first 16 berths. Five vacancies go to those nations that won their Continental Cup. The remaining two spots go to winners of the World Cup.

The new rule has already been in place for five qualifying competitions for the Continental Cup, where 142 countries have been involved.

The Continental Cup winners, some of whom will have already worn the modified uniforms, also have qualified to take part in the Olympic games.

The new rule makes room for these athletes to participate.

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HERWriter

I've made some changes for accuracy's sake.

June 8, 2012 - 12:35pm
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Anonymous

Here's the heart of the errors:

Beach volleyball teams have two players for each side. Twenty-three teams are chosen according to the number of points in FIVB Olympic qualification tournaments.

The twenty-fourth team is the host country. Every country can have a maximum of two entries.

The new rule has already been in place for five qualifying competitions for the Continental Cup, where 142 countries have been involved.

The Continental Cup winners, some of whom will have already worn the modified uniforms, also have qualified to take part in the Olympic games.

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And why is there a need to discuss indoor volleyball? (ex: Japan)

June 8, 2012 - 9:22am
HERWriter

Oops, indoor volleyball, huh? Sorry about that.

I will post here when I have the changes done, so you'll be notified. Thanks for the help.

June 8, 2012 - 9:05am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

Here is the heart of the errors in the article:
Beach volleyball teams have two players for each side. Twenty-three teams are chosen according to the number of points in FIVB Olympic qualification tournaments.

The twenty-fourth team is the host country. Every country can have a maximum of two entries.

The new rule has already been in place for five qualifying competitions for the Continental Cup, where 142 countries have been involved.

The Continental Cup winners, some of whom will have already worn the modified uniforms, also have qualified to take part in the Olympic games.

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Plus, why is it necessary to write about indoor volleyball in this beach volleyball artlcle? (ex Japan reference)

June 8, 2012 - 8:58am
HERWriter

Thanks for the headsup. Can you be specific about where the errors are?

June 7, 2012 - 10:38am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Jody Smith)

Only the top 16 are chosen from the FIVB rankings now, the remaining teams come from the Continental Cup and World Cup: http://www.nbcolympics.com/beach-volleyball/about-this-sport/qualifying/news=beach-volleyball-olympic-qualification.html

June 8, 2012 - 8:44am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

Lots of errors in this article (e.g., Olympics qualification rules). May want to check your sources (www.fivb.org)

June 7, 2012 - 8:39am
Blogger

So glad they allowed this in as a sport for the Olympics. Lots of fun to watch for sure. Even more fun to play.

Marielaina Perrone DDS
Henderson Periodontal Disease Treatment

October 17, 2012 - 11:11am
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