Guide to volleyball at the Olympics

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 17:05

COMPETITION DATES
28 July to 12 August.

STAR NAME
Dami Bakare: He may not be too well known outside of Great Britain at the moment, but he is heading for big things. He won a starting spot in the side last summer and is a points-scoring machine. His spike is ferocious and his defence at the net is improving too.

GREATEST OLYMPIAN
Charles Kiraly: The Californian, known in the game as `Karch`, won gold at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and again at Seoul four years later, before deciding to switch to beach volleyball. That did not stop his golden touch, though, as he ended up on top of the podium at Atlanta in 1996.

BIGGEST FLOP
United States: Despite being one of the most feared nations in the sport, the United States failed to turn up in Sydney in 2000. They lost all five of their games - their worst showing ever at an Olympics - with the then Yugoslavia taking gold with a final defeat of Russia.

DID YOU KNOW?
The most common scoring shot in volleyball is the spike, where a player, usually an outside, slams the ball one-handed over the net and into the floor, out of the opponent's reach. The move is thought to have originated from the Philippines and is now every side's go-to shot.

FIRST APPEARANCE AT THE GAMES
1964