Men's National Volleyball team coach Mohamed Sajid says Maldives can become a strong competitor in international volleyball if the necessary facilities are provided.
The national volleyball team is currently training in Serbia in preparation for the upcoming Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG). The coach informed that the team has been showing a lot of promise during the training.
Sajid noted that Serbia is an excellent training location for volleyball, as they have an abundance of training resources. He said that players must be trained from a very young age in order to build a competitive team for the international stage, and that this can be done in Maldives. He said that if the resources are pooled in, Maldives can have a bright future in volleyball.
During their current training camp in Serbia, the national volleyball team has played friendly matches with three Serbian teams as well as the national team of Kuwait. The coach said that he was encouraged by the individual performances during these matches, and that the players are showing improvements match by match.
National team player Ali Huzam said that the team has learned a lot during the training camp in Serbia, including the areas that need immediate improvement. Huzam also reiterated that the team is continuing to improve, as indicated by their performances during the friendly matches.
The training camp in Serbia will be completed on July 14, five days before the start of IOIG. The training camp is funded by the government of Serbia. This is the first time a Maldivian team has undertaken training in Europe.