Bangladesh volleyball team is scheduled to leave for Tehran in the early hours of today for a month-long training camp as part of their preparation for Asian Senior Men’s Central Zone Volleyball Championship, which will be held in Nepal from August 18 to 25.
Two local coaches and one manager will accompany the 18-member squad which will train under Iranian coach Alipour Aroji, who previously arranged such training camps in Iran for the Bangladesh team with assistance from Bangladesh Volleyball Federation.
Captain Horosit Biswas was ecstatic to get this opportunity to train in Tehran where the team is supposed to play at least 15 warm-up matches before travelling to Nepal.
“We trained in Iran before and we are happy to get another opportunity to train there. This type of preparation will help us a lot before the championship because we don’t play international matches which teams like Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan do,” the captain told The Daily Star yesterday.
“We will travel to Nepal to keep the tempo intact. We want to take the spirit of our preparation in Iran into the championship because we will face some tough teams in Nepal. Our target will be to regain the title which we lost to Turkmenistan in the last edition held in Bangladesh in 2018,” said Horosit.
The captain informed that they will stay at Azad Complex in Tehran where Iranian national volleyball team train too. The team will play 15 practice matches against different clubs, Iran U-19 team, University teams and Air Force team during their month-long training.
Horosit also informed that seven new players from Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force have been drafted in, which has increased the strength of the squad.
Hosts Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan will take part in Asian Senior Men’s Central Zone Volleyball Championship.