Members of the public are invited at the seafront today and watch respective sports participate at the International Day of People with Disabilities event.

The event in partnership with Vanuatu Paralympic Committee and Vanuatu Society for People with Disability.

Vanuatu volleyball will be exhibiting sitting volleyball for 15 to 30 minutes this afternoon.

Vanuatu volleyball media officer Jill Scanlon said; “International Day of People with Disabilities is a United Nations (UN) sanctioned day celebrated annually.

“This important day aims to raise awareness and promote action around the rights of people with disabilities and their full inclusion in society,” Scanlon said.

“We are participating in an IDPD event tomorrow(today) at the seafront in partnership with VPC, VSPD and health Ministry exhibiting Sitting Volleyball for 15-30 mins in afternoon, she added.

Sitting volleyball (sometimes known as paralympic volleyball) is a form of volleyball for athletes with a disability.

Sitting volleyball was invented in 1965 as a rehabilitation sport for injured soldiers. In 1967, the first international sitting volleyball competition was held in Germany.

It was created as a combination of volleyball and sitzball, a German sport with no net and seated players. Standing volleyball first appeared in the Toronto 1976 Paralympic games as a demonstration sport for athletes with impaired mobility, and both standing and sitting volleyball became officially included as medal sports in the Paralympic games at Arnhem in 1980.

Women’s sitting volleyball was added for the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. After the London 2012 games, VolleySLIDE was founded by Matt Rogers to promote and develop the sport globally.

Eight men’s and eight women’s teams are expected to play in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

In sitting volleyball, a 7 meter-long, 0.8 meter-wide net is set at 1.15 meters high for men and 1.05 meters high for women. The court is 10 x 6 meters with a 2-meter attack line.

The rules are the same as the original form of volleyball with the exceptions that players must have at least one buttock in contact with the floor whenever they make contact with the ball and it is also possible to block the serve.

Athletes with the following disabilities are eligible to compete in sitting volleyball: athletes with amputations, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, brain injuries and stroke. Classifications of these athletes by disability are placed into two categories: MD and D. MD stands for “Minimally Disabled,” and D stands for “Disabled.”

While Minimally Disabled athletes have lost only a fraction of their muscular strength and flexibility in a joint preventing them from successfully playing standing volleyball, Disabled athletes have lost all of their muscular strength and flexibility in that joint.

Only two MD players are allowed on the roster for the Paralympic Games and only one is allowed on the court at a time; this is to keep the competition fair between rival teams. The rest of the team must be classified as D players

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