News ID: 314571
Published: 1017 GMT July 07, 2021

Iran names final volleyball squad for Tokyo Olympics

Iran names final volleyball squad for Tokyo Olympics

Sports Desk

Russian head coach Vladimir Alekno announced Iran’s 12-man squad taking part at the volleyball competitions of the Tokyo Olympics.

Saeid Marouf, Javad Karimi (setters); Milad Ebadipour, Meysam Salehi, Morteza Sharifi (outside hitters); Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi, Masoud Gholami, Ali-Asghar Mojarrad (middle blockers); Amir Ghafour, Saber Kazemi (opposite spikers); Arman Salehi, and Mehdi Marandi (liberoes) will leave Iran for the Japanese capital on July 17.

Pouria Fayyazi and Reza Abedini, who were members of the team at the recently-finished Volleyball Nations League (VNL) in Italy, as well as Ebrahim Mirzajanpour were the players to be dropped by the Russian ahead of the Games.

Farhad Qaemi, Bardia Sa’adat, Mohammad-Taher Vadi, and Amirhossein Esfandiar had already been omitted by Alekno.

All teams will have until 8:00 p.m. on July 22 to make a couple of changes to their squads in case of emergency.

Alekno, who had only took charge of the Asian powerhouse in mid-April, led Iran to a below-par 12th spot in the 16-team VNL table.

However, the introduction of some new faces as well as a proper mixture of youth and experienced players offered glimpses of hope for the Olympics under the Russian, who enjoys a glittering record with his home country at the Games, having won the gold in 2012 following a bronze medal in Beijing 2008.

Iran is pitted in Pool A of the volleyball contests in Tokyo against the host nation Japan, Poland, Italy – the silver medalist in Rio 2016 – Canada, and Venezuela.

Looking to emulate their last-eight spot in Rio, Iran will begin their campaign against favorites Poland on July 24, with the last game of the preliminary round coming against Japan on August 1.

Pool B will see the defending champion Brazil, USA, Russia, Argentina, France, and Tunisia squaring off for four spots in the quarterfinals.

The Tokyo Olympics, postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will kick off in the Japanese capital on July 23.




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