TEHRAN - Slobodan Kovac was appointed as the Iranian volleyball coach on Tuesday.
The 46-year-old Serbian coach replaced Julio Velasco, who stepped down as coach of Iran in February.
Slobodan Kovac, who is currently Sir Safety Perugia coach, will take charge of Iran until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
“We’ve reached a final agreement with Kovac and he will come to Iran in April. I have to say he is better than our previous top candidate Lorenzo Bernardi,” Mohammad-Reza Davarzani, the president of the Iran Volleyball Federation, said.
The Iran Volleyball Federation had also negotiated with Andrea Anastasi, Hugh McCutcheon, Lorenzo Bernardi, Raul Lozano, and Vladimir Alekno.
Kovac has won the gold medal of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney with the Yugoslavia team.
Iran is preparing for the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship, where the Asian powerhouse has been drawn in Pool D along with Italy, Belgium, and France.
The competition will be held in Poland from August 30 to September 21, 2014.
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