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HISTORY OF VOLLEYBALL IN THE USSR

Volleyball in the USSR began to develop after the Great October Socialist Revolution. His enthusiasts and propagandists were students of art universities and art workers. In 1925, at the initiative of the games section, an asset was convened in Moscow, at which the first rules of the game in our country were adopted. In the same year, the first official volleyball competitions took place. Since 1927, the annual championship of Moscow has been held. In subsequent years, volleyball is gaining widespread development. It enjoys wide popularity not only in Moscow, but also in Ukraine, Belarus, the Far East, and the North Caucasus.

In 1932, the All-Union Volleyball Section was created, in 1948 it joined the FIVB, and in 1959 it was transformed into the USSR Volleyball Federation.

Since 1933, championships of the USSR have been held, volleyball was present in the program of all All-Union Spartakiads.

The first international matches of Soviet volleyball players with athletes from Afghanistan belong to 1935, and in 1947 the volleyball team from the USSR took part in the first World Festival of Democratic Youth in Prague. Entering the international arena, Soviet volleyball players immediately become leaders of world volleyball – 1949 was marked by victories for the USSR men’s team at the World Championships and women’s at the European Championships. The 1952 World Cup, held at Dynamo Stadium, was the first major international sporting event organized by the Soviet Union.

In 1964, in Tokyo, the USSR men’s team won the first Olympic volleyball tournament. She also won at the Olympics in Mexico City and in Moscow. And the women’s team won the title of Olympic champions four times.

Soviet volleyball players are 6-time world champions, 12-time Europeans, 4-time World Cup winners. The women’s team of the USSR won 5 times in world championships, 13 in Europe, 1 in the World Cup. Players Inna Ryskal, Yuri Chesnokov, Konstantin Reva, Nina Smoleeva and Ivan Bugaenkov, coaches Vyacheslav Platonov, Givi Akhvlediani and Nikolai Karpol, as well as Vladimir Savvin as one of the best volleyball functionaries were admitted to the volleyball Hall of Fame.

The All-Russian Volleyball Federation was established in 1992. The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the VVF is Nikolai Patrushev, the President of the organization is Stanislav Shevchenko. The Russian men’s team is the winner of the 1999 World Cup and the World League 2002 and 2011. The women’s team won the 2006 and 2010 World Championships, European Championships, Grand Prix, and 1997 World Cup.

Olympic volleyball champions table
Experience shows that the foundation for the further successful development of volleyball in our country is its mass character. The proper organization of educational work in grassroots teams, including schools, creates the prerequisites for the replenishment of national teams with young capable volleyball players.

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