The first ever Greek Volleyball Congress is taking place with weekend at the Department of Physical Education and Sport in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Τμήμα Επιστήμης Φυσικής Αγωγής και Αθλητισμού Ε.Κ.Π.Α.), with sitting volleyball being on the event’s agenda. This includes establishing what objectives should be for the development of the sport on a national level, and future prospects of growing the sport to allow Greece to compete internationally.
Greece does not currently have a men or women’s national team ranked by the sports international governing body, World Para Volley. This situation is similar to Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Republic of Macedonia, which all share land borders with Greece. None of them have teams either.
The last time the national team was particularly active was around 2003, 2005 and 2007 when teams participated in the European Championships. Greek teams also competed at the 2004 home hosted Summer Paralympics. The sport has a relatively short history in Greece, with the first clubs not being created until 2001. Clubs that currently exist include Spartacus, Eagles, Eagles Crete, Lazaros Stefanidis Macedon, Pasco and Triptolemus.
The Greek Volleyball Congress is being attended by Emily Mastrandrea (Έμιλυ Μαστρανδρέα), the sister of Michael Mastrandreas (Μιχάλη Μαστρανδρέα). For many years, Michael Mastrandreas was the president of Hellenic Volleyball Association, and was involved in governing the sport on a continental level. He was one of the most important figures in developing the sport in Greece. An award is being given at the congress in Michael Mastrandreas’s honor.