On Monday, Volleyball Iran announced sixteen women had been invited to a national team training camp in Tehran. Players selected include Zahra Abdi, B. Khalil Zadeh and Farzaneh Heidari. Players have been selected from around the country including Khorasan Province, Lorestan Province, Zanjan Province, Kerman Province, Gilan Province, Hamadan Province, Khuzestan Province and Hormozgan Province.
The team is scheduled to be in camp from today until August 12. They are training ahead of the 2014 Para Asian Games scheduled to start in 73 days in Incheon, South Korea. The national team coach organized the camp, and most of the team’s support staff including technical director, physiologist, coaches and others will be there to support competitors. They will have to cut the team down to 12 players ahead of the Para Asian Games.
Iran’s men have already booked their place at the 2016 Summer Paralympics by finishing in the top two at this year’s world championships. The women are still looking to qualify after having missed competing in London and the world championships. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in Iran. If Iran’s women can win Para Asian Games in October, they will earn a berth to Rio.