Marouf Looks Forward to Success in Olympic Games
- June, 13, 2021 - 12:04
- Sports news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran national volleyball team captain Saeid Marouf says that the 2021 Volleyball Nations League is a good chance for them to know their strengths and weaknesses ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.
Marouf’s name is synonymous with the success of the Iranian men’s team over the last decade. His ability to elevate his teammates’ level sets him apart and his outstanding statistical contributions as the primary setter help the 35-year-old transmit inspiration and passion to his teammates, asianvolleyball.net reported.
“There are players in the team whom I have been playing with for 15 years, and there are new and young players who are good and talented,” said Marouf.
“I am trying to create a group that can play together in the same atmosphere and understand each other on the court. I let the players feel free as to how they want to play. If we continue doing this then the young players will be able to contribute their maximum and play without any pressure. We have to support them more and continue to show them the way Iran should play,” the setter added.
Marouf is thrilled to be back after a two-year break for the national team, and he is looking forward to playing at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and to working with Russian coach Vladimir Alekno.
“After two years without volleyball, this is our first tournament with the national team. We are looking forward to the matches here in preparation for Tokyo, which is very important to us because it will be our second Olympics in a row.
“We have a new coach who has been working with us for almost two months, so we are getting to know each other better. We want to get to know our strengths and weaknesses here, and then we have three weeks to work on them before the Olympics.
“Alekno gives us confidence and we are so happy that he is with us. His viewpoint on volleyball is to let the players play freely, and I think that with his confidence in us we will have a good future for the next generation of players,” Marouf concluded.