The new official FIVB indoor volleyball, the V200W from Mikasa, was introduced at the 36th FIVB World Congress in Mexico at the end of last year. It will be used at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup in Tokyo later this year, as well as during the Tokyo Olympic Games next year.
The V200W features a well-balanced, 18-panel aerodynamic design that improves ball movement and gives players greater control. “With enhanced visibility, the new indoor ball will optimise the quality of play and maximise excitement on the court,” Mikasa says in a press statement.
An anti-sweat application, Nano Balloon Silica, prevents the surface of the ball from becoming slippery during intense play and the double-dimpled microfiber surface stabilises the flight path of the ball to create additional cushioned ball control. The ball exceeds the FIVB’s required approval standards and passed stringent testing protocols, carried out by leading national teams and clubs during the latter half of 2018.
The V200W replaces the MVA200, which was first used at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Mikasa has supplied equipment for the FIVB since volleyball was first included on the Olympic Programme at Tokyo’s first Olympic Games in 1964.
“Our partnership with the FIVB has formed a fundamental relationship for our organisation for many years, and I am delighted to launch the V200W, which will be seen and used around the world,” said Mikasa President Yuji Saeki at the launch. “Mikasa shares the FIVB’s vision for sporting innovation and I believe that our ongoing relationship will go from strength to strength as we move forward together.”