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Iran

Despite a vast amount of depth in the junior ranks two decades ago Iranian Volleyball was failing to realize its potential. However, since M.R. Yazdani Khorram was put in charge of the Volleyball Federation of Iran, things have changed dramatically and the exciting younger talent in Iran started to bear fruit.

Further appointments of S. Derakhshandeh as manager and international relations director and M. Karkhaneh as the head coach the process has quicken ten-fold.

Following ninth and eight place finishes at the World Championships in 1997 and 1999 respectively, the Iranian team showed how much they have improved when they finished runner's up to Brazil in the 2001 edition of the Boy's U19 World Championship in Egypt and this year they will definitely in contention again for U19 glory in Thailand.

Following their second place finish at the 2003 Asian Championship, Iran are expected to be another dominant force in Thailand with their height and well developed team combinations coming to the fore.

This year's Asian Championship result continues the excellent progress made by the Iranian Junior Men's team in Asia where they triumphed at the 1998 and 2002 Asian Championships and finished third in 2000.