In 1905, volleyball was introduced to school in China. In 1908, volleyball was introduced to Japan. In 1910, volleyball was introduced to the Philippines. In 1913, the first International Volleyball Competition occurred at the Far East Games.
History of volleyball in Asia started in 1954, the Asian Volleyball Confederation was established at Manila on the occasion of the 2nd Asian Games. In 1955, the first Men's Asian Volleyball Championship was organized in Tokyo (Japan) as the official championship of the Asian Volleyball Confederation. In the 3rd Asian Games at Tokyo (Japan) in 1958, the game of volleyball was officially adopted as one of the men's event of Asian Games programme.
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India made their Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship debut in the second edition in 1979, finishing seventh and it helped the women’s Indian volleyball team to qualify for its maiden Asian Games at home in New Delhi in 1982. The game grew in Asia with the inaugural South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in 1984, and it was an event that the women’s Indian volleyball team went on to dominate in the nineties and noughties, winning four golds and a silver.
Japan and the Soviet Union played each of the first four gold medal matches at the Summer Olympics from 1964 to 1980. Japan won the first-ever final on home soil at Tokyo 1964 while the Soviet Union pipped them to win gold at the 1968 Games and Munich in 1972. Japan then picked their second gold medal at Montreal 1976.
By 1913 the development of volleyball on the Asian continent was assured as, in that year, the game was included in the programme of the first Far-Eastern Games, organized in Manila. It should be noted that, for a long time, Volleyball was played in Asia according to the "Brown" rules which, among other things, used 16 players (to enable a greater participation in matches).
Pan American Games included volleyball. At the FIVB Congress in Florence, the Japanese Federation adopts the international rules and commits itself to gradually introducing them in Asia. The 1st Asian Championship is played in Tokyo; both 6- and 9-player tournaments are scheduled. Volleyball is put on the program for the Pan American Games. 1956
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