This beach volleyball was manufactured in Japan by Mikasa Sports for use at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Its design, labelled 'VLS200', combines hand stitching, a water-repellent composite material, a butyl bladder, a 67-millimetre diameter and a weight of 325 grams, and is standard for international competition. Its iridescent surface in yellow, white and blue, are designed to increase players' visibility, while its water-repellent material prevents the ball from becoming heavy in wet conditions. The international volleyball federation, 'La Federation Internationale de Volleyball' (FIVB), recognises this as the official style of ball for tournaments.
This example features the Olympic rings, Mikasa logo and 'Sydney 2000' wording, and represents the official branding that identified all SOCOG sports equipment (many athletes used their own equipment at the Games). Branding regulations, including the application of the Sydney 2000 logos and Olympic rings, were described in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Image Guidelines and were overseen by the Sydney 2000 Image Department.
Beach volleyball was played at Bondi Beach from 16 to 26 September 2000. A total of 96 athletes - 24 men's teams and 24 women's teams - competed at the event.