World ParaVolley’s premier event – the Sitting Volleyball World Championships – has a long and distinguished history and it’s fitting that the 2018 edition is being held where the tournament made its debut.

The first ever edition (for men) was held in Delten in the Netherlands in 1983 while the first ever women’s Sitting Volleyball World Championship took place in 1994 in Bottrop, Germany.

The Netherlands won both those first editions and is the country with the second most number of medals (eight) across both genders in the tournament – six gold (four women, two men) one silver (men) and one bronze (men).

 

 


 

Iran leads the way with nine medals in total – all won in the men’s competition – with six gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

Bosnia and Herzegovina sit third on overall medal tally with five medals – three gold, one silver and a bronze – all won in the men’s competition including three gold in the last four editions.

The Netherlands also the country with the most number of appearances having played in all 12 men’s tournaments (including the 2018 edition), alongside Germany, and all seven women’s editions, along with the Ukraine.

It’s also exciting times for the sport of Sitting Volleyball with Croatia, Egypt, Hungary, Italy and Rwanda making their debuts in the Women’s World Championship with Rwanda making their first appearance in the men’s competition.

 


Women’s History

Year Venue 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
1994 Bottrop, GER Netherlands Latvia Lithuania Russia Germany Ukraine
2000 Maastricht, NED Netherlands Finland Slovenia Germany Japan Mongolia Ukraine Iran
2002 Kamnik, SLO Netherlands Slovenia Finland China Lithuania Japan Ukraine Iran
2006 Roermond, NED Netherlands China Slovenia Lithuania USA Ukraine Japan Brazil
2010 Oklahoma, USA China USA Ukraine Netherlands Slovenia Germany Russia Lithuania Brazil Japan GBR Canada
2014 Elblag, POL China USA Russia Netherlands Ukraine Brazil Slovenia Finland Japan Germany GBR Poland
Debutants in 2018 Most number of appearances, including 2018
Rwanda Netherlands 7 All editions
Croatia Ukraine 7 All editions
Italy Japan 6
Hungary Slovenia 6
Egypt China 5
Germany 5

Women’s Medals

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Netherlands 4 0 0 4
2  China 2 1 0 3
3  USA 0 2 0 2
4  Slovenia 0 1 2 3
5  Finland 0 1 1 2
6  Latvia 0 1 0 1
7  Lithuania 0 0 1 1
7  Russia 0 0 1 1
7  Ukraine 0 0 1 1
Total 6 6 6 18

 


Men’s History

Year Venue 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st
1983 Delten, NED Netherlands Germany Finland Sweden Yugoslavia Norway Hungary Austria Denmark
1985 Kristiansand, NOR Iran Yugoslavia Netherlands Sweden Norway Hungary Germany Finland Austria GBR
1986 Pecs, HUN Iran Hungary Netherlands Yugoslavia Norway Germany Finland Sweden Austria Czechoslovakia Egypt USA GBR
1989 Las Vegas, USA Netherlands Hungary Germany Norway Finland Iraq GBR Switzerland USA
1990 Assen, NED Iran Netherlands Yugoslavia Hungary Germany Norway Sweden Finland GBR
1994 Bottrop, GER Iran Norway Netherlands Finland Hungary Germany Slovenia Sweden
1998 Teheran, IRI Iran Finland Bosnia I Heregovina Netherlands Germany Norway Egypt Kazakhstan Iraq Slovenia Japan Australia
2002 Cario, EGY Bosnia & Herzegovina Germany Iran Egypt Netherlands Iraq Hungary Japan Morocco USA
2006 Roermond, NED Bosnia & Herzegovina Iran Egypt Germany Russia China Croatia Netherlands USA Iraq Brazil Japan
2010 Oklahoma, USA Iran Boznia & Herzegovina Egypt Russia Ukraine Germany China Brazil Croatia USA Serbia Netherlands Kazakhstan Morocco Hungary Canada Great Britain Libya South Korea Rwanda India
2014 Elblag, POL Bosnia & Herzegovina Brazil Iran Egypt Russia Germany Ukraine China Netherlands USA Croatia Poland Iraq Kazakhstan Morocco Algeria
Most number of participations, including 2018
Netherlands 12 All editions
Germany 12 All editions
Iran 10
USA 9
Finland 8

 

Men’s Medals

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Iran 6 1 2 9
2  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 1 1 5
3  Netherlands 2 1 3 6
4  Germany 0 2 1 3
5  Hungary 0 2 0 2
6  Finland 0 1 1 2
6  Yugoslavia 0 1 1 2
8  Brazil 0 1 0 1
8  Norway 0 1 0 1
10  Egypt 0 0 2 2
Total 11 11 11 33
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