Masashi Nanbu new coach of Japan men’s national team
Tokyo, Japan, February 7, 2014 – At a press conference held in Tokyo on Thursday, the Japan Volleyball Association (JVA) announced that Mr Masashi Nanbu will take over as coach of the Japan men’s national team.
Mr Nanbu replaces Gary Sato, who was
hired in February 2013 and was the first foreign coach of a Japanese national
At the press conference held on Thursday, Mr. Nanbu said, “I accepted the offer from JVA with preparedness, though I know we don’t have enough time for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The goal of the Japan Men’s national team is to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. But we also have to bring up young players when looking at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. I understand that the situation surrounding the team is not optimistic, but I must let the team qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. The goal of 2014 is to win the 17th Asian Games (Incheon, Korea) and make a comeback to the top of Asia. I’ll do my best for the team.”
Yuko Arakida, President of National Team’s Commission, also expressed his hopes for improvement in the men’s national team. “We want the team to finish above fifth place at the World Cup in 2015 held in Japan and to get the ticket for the 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in 2016. At the 2020 Olympic Games, we want to have some players who have experienced the Olympic Games.”