The 2010 World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) Sitting Volleyball World Championships are currently happening in Edmond, USA, where athletes have the opportunity to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Taking place from 10-19 July, about 640 athletes and coaches from 20 different countries around the world are in the Oklahoman city to bring their respective team to the top. Results are already giving teams an idea of where they stand internationally and what they can expect at the next Games.
On the first day of competition, the women’s team from the Netherlands won against Canada 3-0 in the first game. In the men’s event, Germany won against India 3-0.
Later in the afternoon, the men’s team from Egypt beat Hungary 3-0. The following game saw the women from Ukraine beat the Russians also 3-0.
On 12 July, the Netherlands edged by Germany in the women’s competition 3-2. Similarly, the men’s team from Croatia beat Brazil 3-2.
The Opening Ceremony for the event was held on the University of Central Oklahoma campus at Hamilton Field House on 10 July. Included in the celebration was recognition of teams from each country and a wide variety of entertainment.
The University of Central Oklahoma is proud to partner with US Paralympics and USA Volleyball in hosting the 2010 WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships. The university is also the official home for Sitting Volleyball in the United States and is designed and equipped for various competitions at the elite level. Oklahoma City, the State Capitol, (population 550,000) is located only 15 miles from Edmond.