No guarantee for winning medal: Igor Kolakovic

January 23, 2018 - 18:47

TEHRAN - Iran national volleyball team head coach Igor Kolakovic says there is no guarantee to win a medal but they will do their best to earn the best results.

Iran national volleyball team has a busy year ahead. Team Melli will have to participate at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in late May as well as the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship, which has been scheduled for September.

“First of all, I have to say we've had a good year and I hope to keep that going. It’s an important year ahead for us, since Iran will take part at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League in Argentina which kicks off on May 28 and runs to July 8.We will also take part at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship in September,” Kolakovic said.

“We need to build two teams to ease pressure on our players. The teams’ players have not been chosen yet and we will announce their names after holding the training camps. The young players are not involved in the competitions and can participate at the camps along with the senior players,” the 52-year-old Montenegrin coach added.

“The 2018 Asian Games players is a good opportunity for us to field our young players. We will our main players for the Volleyball Men's World Championship which will be co-hosted by Italy and Bulgaria. It will be also a good opportunity for our young players to show their potentials for success,” Kolakovic added.

Asked him if Iran has a chance to win a medal in this year, Kolakovic said, “Our players have shown true dedication and commitment but you can never guarantee that you will win medal. Brazil, as the best national volleyball team, cannot guarantee winning a medal.”

Leaving the door open for Adel Gholami and Shahram Mahmoudi, he said, “Adel is allowed to join Iran national team, but it depends on his physical condition. I’ve talked to Mahmoudi but it seems he’s reluctant to return to Team Melli.”

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