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When volleyball was first invented it was called "mintonette", a name that would hardly appeal to most young people today.It was started by an American, William G.Morgan, who wanted to create a game that was more social than tennis but less violent than basketball, and he wished to avoid physical contact between rival players.The game is now played between two teams of six.Volleyball first became an Olympic event at the summer games in Tokyo in 1964. Since then the Soviet Union took nearly all the titles, but in the last few decades countries such as Poland, the Netherlands and Brazil have been doing very well.Brazil and the United States recently developed a variant of this game called beach volleyball. It was demonstrated at the Barcelona games in 1992 and was admitted as a full Olympic sport at the Atlanta games four years later.
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