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Olympics: why in volleyball a player wears a jersey of a different color from his teammates


For more than two decades, the regulations impose the presence on the field of a player who visually differentiates himself from his teammates, the libero. And this one has a very specific role.

The Olympic volleyball tournament began this Saturday in Tokyo with the entry into contention of the France team against the United States.

If you got up to watch the game overnight, you may have observed that a player from each selection on the field wore a jersey of a different color from that of his team-mates.

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You might think he's just the captain of the team, but he's not.

The player who stands out from the crowd is called the libero and his position was created by the International Volleyball Federation in 1999. His role on the field is very special, which is why he must be distinguished from other players, a much like the soccer goalkeeper.

The libero post was created in 1999

The FIVB had two goals in establishing this new rule a little over two decades ago.

First, strengthen the defensive sector to promote longer exchanges and make the game more spectacular.

One way to avoid boring series of aces.

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Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-07-23

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