1021 GMT September 30, 2020
Mohammadreza Davarzani, the head of Iran Volleyball Federation, said he is “99 percent” positive the country will be named the host of the FIVB U19 World Championship in 2021.
Davarzani, however, added that the country withdrew its bid to host the U21 world championship next year.
The international volleyball governing body has called off all global events in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at the annual assembly of the federation on Saturday, which was held online, Davarzani said, “The FIVB offered us to jointly host the preliminary rounds of the U21 championship with Italy – before the finals in the European country – which was not financially justifiable for the federation, so we had to withdraw our bid.
“But I’m 99 percent sure the U19 competition will be held in Iran.”
The exact dates of next year’s competitions are yet to be announced by the FIVB.
When asked who would be named Iran’s new head coach, the Iranian official said, “The Olympics are of great importance for us and the federation will make the best decision – regarding the national head coach in due time.”
Iran will play in next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, having finished fifth in its first-ever appearance in the Games in 2016.
The Iranian federation parted ways with ex-manager Igor Kolaković earlier this year after the Montenegrin led Iran to its third Asian title last September.