Sitting volleyball teams from the U.S., Brazil and Iran were among the teams working out Friday afternoon at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Hamilton Field House.
UCO and Edmond will be home to about 640 athletes and coaches from across the globe through July 18 for the 2010 Sitting Volleyball Worlds. The competition will serve as a qualifier for the 2012 London Paralympic games.
On the men’s side, Iran has dominated sitting volleyball for the past two decades, having won the gold medals at the 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
At this elite level, the sport is action-packed and fast-moving, with highly skilled players serving, setting, spiking and digging in a manner comparable to standing volleyball.
UCO is the official home for sitting volleyball in the United States, and is partnering with U.S. Paralympics and USA Volleyball in hosting the championships July 10-19.
2010 Sitting Volleyball Worlds dates to remember:
July 10 — Opening ceremonies, 7-9 p.m., Hamilton Field House, University of Central Oklahoma campus. Tickets are $10 for general admission.
July 11-18 — Official competition. $5 day pass tickets will be available for children under age 12 and seniors age 60 or more; adult day pass tickets are $10. Tickets are also available on the days of the event at the Hamilton Field House ticket window. All tickets will be general admission and competition begins at 9 a.m. each day. Venues will be the Wellness Center or Hamilton Field House.
July 18 — Closing celebration. Festivities will begin at about 8 p.m., one hour after the medal ceremonies at Frontier City. General admission tickets are $15.
For more information about the 2010 Sitting Volleyball Worlds, including ticket packages, visit www.2010worlds.com; to buy tickets click on “buy tickets” link at upper right corner of the home page.