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.
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.