“Iran played very admirably in the World League. With legendary coach Julio Velasco in charge, Iran made an outstanding debut in the FIVB’s premier annual men’s event. Iran seems to be heading in the right direction and is seriously becoming a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.”
Graça added with regret: “It was a shame Iran didn’t reach the World League Finals. They certainly gave it a good try but their result of ninth on debut was outstanding. Their performance with the same number of wins and losses as Serbia and Germany was also impressive. Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi and Amir Ghafour were performing superbly in both scoring and blocking. Iran’s future looks very good with these players.”
On Iran’s chances to host more matches, President said:
“The format of the 2013 World League was used first time. Countries with the higher world rankings had the advantage of playing at home six times while the lower ranked nations played at home four times. We will review the entire format to evaluate what was successful and what wasn’t and see what we take into the edition of 2014.”
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