A popular summer sport, this game is based on traditional volleyball and has all the necessary ingredients to attract a young audience. It is played in the sand by two opposing teams of two players, one attacker and one defender. It was first introduced to the games as a competitive sport at the 1996 Atlanta games, having been a demonstration event in Barcelona in 1992. First played on Brazil's Ipanema Beach in the early Eighties, the sport takes place at a "rede": a Brazilian word describing the net, playing area and the club where the regulars hang out. Having become a national institution, the world's best male and female players all stem from Ipanema Beach. They include Sandra Pires and Jacqueline Silva, the Olympic champions in Atlanta and bronze medal-winners in Sydney.