Author: Marc Bird

Volleyball Star Jailed For Raping 12 Year Old Girl

A Dutch international beach volleyball player who travelled to the UK and raped a 12-year-old girl he met on Facebook was today jailed for four years.   Steven Van de Velde flew from Amsterdam to Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, to meet the schoolgirl after the pair started chatting online. Sentencing the sportsman, the judge said Van de Velde’s promising career was a ‘shattered dream’ and his actions had ‘wrecked his life’ and caused his victim ‘enormous’ emotional harm. The sportsman – who was tipped for Olympic stardom – knew how young the girl was at the time he took her virginity.Appearing...

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New Indian Volleyball League Illegal by Federation

Even before its take-off, the proposed Indian Volleyball League (IVL) has run into rough weather. The league has created a deep divide within the Volleyball Federation of India (VFI). VFI president Chaudhary Avadesh Kumar and secretary Ramavtar Singh Jakhar are on the warpath, accusing each other of “hijacking” the league for their own “vested interest”.   The IVL, which will feature three separate leagues of men’s, women’s and beach volleyball, was announced in the capital on Wednesday with much fanfare by Kumar, in association with Sportzlive, a Delhi-based sports marketing and branding company. The league, which will be played...

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Video: The History of Beach Volleyball

How old is beach volleyball? Twenty, fifty years? In fact I think you will be surprised how old is beach volleyball.  The true “birth” of “beach volleyball” apparently began on the beaches of Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, at the Outrigger Canoe Club in 1915. More about history of beach volleyball in...

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10 Things You Learn About Life By Playing Volleyball

I am 100% positive I hit that ball angle inside the block, while facing line, with horrific bangs, skinny legs and giant knee pads. 100%.   Oh goody! A listicle!! What started off as an effort to mock the listicle (a short-form of writing that uses a list as its thematic structure), blossomed into the fruits of my volleyball career slash psychology degrees slash six years experience as a mom. You can hate it or you can love it, but I’m not looking over at the bench on this one. In no particular order here are 10 things you...

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