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PARIS 2024 PARALYMPIC GAMES - Sitting Volleyball
  • About the Competition

    Two gold medals will be at stake at Paris 2024 Paralympic Games in the men’s and women’s competitions.

    The sitting volleyball competition at Paris 2024 will feature eight teams in each of the men’s and women’s competitions, with qualification through continental events. The sitting volleyball events will take place between the 29th of August and the 7th of September 2024.

    Paris 2024 Paralympic Games Player Eligibility

    To be eligible as a player for the 2024 Paris Paralympics, players must have competed in a World ParaVolley sanctioned competition between 1 January 2022 and 30 June 2024.

    Recognised sanctioned competitions are World ParaVolley events, Zone Championships and Regional Paralympic Games. These include:

    2022 World Championships
    2023 Zone Championships (PVA, PVPA, PVAO and PVE)
    2023 World Cup
    2023 Asia Para Games, African Para Games, Para PanAm Games
    2024 Final Paralympic Qualifier
    2023 Women’s World Super 6
    2023 / 2024 Men’s World Super 6 (subject to confirming a host and event dates)

    The Venue – The North Paris Arena

    North Paris Arena is located in the Villepinte exhibition centre in Seine-Saint-Denis. This venue will host the preliminary rounds of the boxing events and the fencing ranking round of the modern pentathlon event during the Olympic Games, as well as the sitting volleyball events during the Paralympic Games.


    Paralympic GamesEventGoldSilverBronze
    Arnhem 1980MNetherlandsSwedenYugoslavia
    Stoke Mandeville & New York 1984MNetherlandsFR GermanySweden
    Seoul 1988MIranNetherlandsNorway
    Barcelona 1992MIranNetherlandsGermany
    Atlanta 1996MIranNorwayFinland
    Sydney 2000MIranBosnia & HerzegovinaFinland
    Athens 2004MBosnia & HerzegovinaIranEgypt
    Athens 2004WChinaNetherlandsUnited States
    Beijing 2008MIranBosnia & HerzegovinaRussia
    Beijing 2008WChinaUnited StatesNetherlands
    London 2012MBosnia & HerzegovinaIranGermany
    London 2012WChinaUnited StatesUkraine
    Rio 2016MIranBosnia & HerzegovinaEgypt
    Rio 2016WUnited StatesChinaBrazil
    Tokyo 2020MIranRPCBosnia & Herzegovina
    Tokyo 2020WUnited StatesChinaBrazil
    Paris 2024M
    Paris 2024W

    Specific Competition Regulations (not yet available)

  • Qualification

    Paris 2024 Paralympic Games Qualification Process

    World ChampionshipsIranBrazil
    PVA Zone Championships
    PVAO Zone ChampionshipsKazakhstanChina
    PVE Zone ChampionshipsBosnia and HerzegovinaItaly
    PVPA Zone ChampionshipsBrazilUnited States
    World CupCanada
    Paris 2024 Final Qualification Tournaments

    The qualified teams for Paris 2024 are as follows:

    1. France as host is automatically qualified.
    2. Iran (M) and Brazil (W) have qualified from the 2022 World Championships.
    3. Brazil (M) and United States (W) have qualified from the Pan American Zonal Championships.
    4. Kazakhstan (M) and China (W) have qualified from the Asian Zonal Championships.
    5. Bosnia and Herzegovina (M) and Italy (W) have qualified from the European Zonal Championships.
    6. Canada (W) have qualified from the 2023 World Cup.

    The remaining positions will be determined by:

    1. Africa – Winner (M) and Winner (W) Zonal Championships
    2. World Cup (Egypt) – The WPV World Cup is one of World ParaVolley’s premier events, sitting alongside the WPV World Championships.  The fundamental principle of the WPV World Cup is that participation is open to all World ParaVolley member nations in good standing.  In contrast, the World Championships require qualification. The winners of the Mens and Womens WPV World Cup carry equivalent status as the winners of the World Championships. Like the World Championships, the WPV World Cup also offers one team of each gender the opportunity to qualify for the Paralympic Games. However, the prime objective of this premier event, is to crown the WPV World Cup champions, and therefore the allocation to pools and competition structure will be undertaken with the focus on the WPV World Cup, and there will be no consideration given to whether any team has already qualified for the Paralympic Games.  World Rankings will include the results of all completed 2023 Zonal Championships. The qualification opportunity will be awarded to the highest ranked teams that have not already secured a qualification spot via the 2022 World Championship or one of the four Zonal Championships as determined at the completion of the World Cup. In men’s qualification, while Egypt are the highest non-qualified team at the World Cup, the qualified position to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will not be determined until the outcome of the PVA Zonal Championships in early 2024.
    3. Final Qualification Event (3-10 April, Dali, China) – The WPV Final Qualifier is a World ParaVolley invitational event, designed with the objective to fill the last remaining qualification spot for the Paralympic Games.  As such invitations to enter into the Final Qualifier are targeted at the eight (8) teams (including the host), not yet qualified as a result of the WPV World Championships, WPV World Cup, and Zonal Championship opportunities.  Initial invitations will be offered to those teams that finished second and third in their Zonal Qualification events, with the remaining invitations based on WPV World Rankings.  At least one position will be reserved for an African team, as the African Zonal qualification event will not be held until early 2024.  This principle supports those teams that have been “active” in their Zones as determined by World ParaVolley.  As the host of the Final Qualifier (for Women) has already qualified, they will not participate in the final stage of the competition.  The Final Qualifier must be completed by mid-April 2024 to meet the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games entry timeline.