|Slobodan Kovac is new coaching option for Iran Volleyball Federation||
TEHRAN – More than a month after Argentine Julio Velasco resigned as the coach of the Iranian national volleyball team, Iranian officials have not yet found a good replacement for him.
Now, Mohammad-Reza Davarzani, the president of the Iran Volleyball Federation, says that they have negotiated with Slobodan Kovac, the Serbian coach of the Sir Safety Perugia volleyball team.
The Iran Volleyball Federation has also negotiated with Andrea Anastasi, Hugh McCutcheon, Lorenzo Bernardi, Raul Lozano, and Vladimir Alekno.
They even announced that the federation had reached a final agreement with Bernardi, who was elected "Volleyball Player of the Century" in 2001, but the Italian never came to Iran to finalize the contract.
Kovac, who was a gold medalist at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney for the Yugoslavia team, has reached an agreement with Iran to replace Velasco, Davarzani said.
“I have to say he is better than Bernardi. Kovac is working in the Italian league at the moment. At the same time, he has played for Pegah Urmia in the Iranian Volleyball League for two years,” Davarzani said.
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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