Beach volleyball going from strength to strength in Iran

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 24, 2017 – Last week’s successful Kish Island 3-Star FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event is a cornerstone of the Iran Volleyball Federation’s plans to develop beach volleyball at the heart of the Persian Gulf and beyond.

The federation is now seeking to strengthen its coaching staff in a bid to take its beach volleyball teams to the next level. The successful candidate will be responsible for organising training camps between events on the international circuit, and the ability to set up a training programme around the events in Europe, which traditionally hosts a high number of competitions, will be key. Qualified candidates should contact the Iran Volleyball Federation directly.

Volleyball is an immensely popular sport in the country and the Iran Federation's ambition is to push beach volleyball up to the same heights. The second edition of the World Tour event in Kish Island is part of a long-term plan for beach volleyball in Iran - it is also a natural development for the sport following the country's participation in the Asian Volleyball Confederation’s beach volleyball programme.

Kish Island provides an ideal setting for beach volleyball and the federation has invested in infrastructure for the sport locally. And with a young population and six thousand kilometres of coastline on the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and Caspian Sea, Iran is ideally suited to the sport. There has also been a new emphasis on providing training for players and coaches with the introduction of a beach volleyball league last year.

The event in Kish Island has helped promote beach volleyball to a wider audience in the country. And local youngsters made the most of the event to spend time with some of the teams participating in the tournament.

“A target is very important for everybody,” said Iran Federation President Dr. Mohammad Reza Davarzani. “When kids see they can go to the Olympics and to high level championships, they will try to prepare. When children see players here, it is a motivation.”

For Davarzani, hosting the world’s best beach volleyball players in Kish Island also provides local players with an opportunity to learn and gain more experience. And the federation's ambitious plans aim to get Iranian beach volleyball teams to the top of the sport very soon.

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Iran will also host FIVB Volleyball World League Group 1 Preliminary Round matches later this year when its men's national team will take on reigning champions Serbia, Argentina and Belgium in Tehran from June 9 to 11.


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