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Farid Saebi named Iran national men’s sitting volleyball head coach

Men practicing sitting volleyball The Iranian men's team at training camp. Image credit: Iran Volleyball News Service Website

Farid Saebi  has been named as the replacement for Hadi Rezaei to lead Iran men’s national sitting volleyball team ahead of the 2014 Para Asian Games scheduled to start in late October. Saebi told the Tehran Times, “We have four training camps prior to the Asian Games. Iran is going to win the gold medal in the competitions.” The fourteen member strong team is currently at camp this week preparing.  Players have been drawn from across Iran.

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Prior to his appointment as head coach, he was an assistant coach for the national team. In June 2012, Saebi completed his level 2  AOCVD Para Volleyball accreditation at a coaching course in Tehran. Saebi has previously worked with past and current national team players including Naser Hassan Pour Alinazari and Ahmad Eiri.  He has also experience with high level volleyball in the country, having coached Saipa Tehran in Iran’s Superleague competition.

 

Iran’s men have already booked their place at the 2016 Summer Paralympics by finishing in the top three at this year’s world championships after defeating Egypt in the bronze medal match.  They are already heavy favorites to win in Rio having won gold or silver at every Paralympic Games since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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