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Ankara set to stage the Men's U21 World Championship

The coaches agreed that it would be a difficult championship for all the teams involved

Ankara, Turkey, August 21, 2013 – The coaches of the teams participating in Pools A and B of the FIVB Men's U21 World Championship in Turkey took part in the official pre-tournament press conference held before the General Technical Meeting at the Surmeli Hotel in Ankara. The mentors were happy to share their thoughts on the upcoming competition.

Di Zhang, coach of China: “We are very happy to be here. The Turkish people have welcomed us very warmly. We will do our best to finish our pool in a good place. This will be a tough and high quality championship. I hope to have a good championship here.”

Gaber Abouzeid, coach of Egypt: “We are very happy and proud to be taking part in this big tournament. There are really good and strong teams in this championship.  We are very happy to have the chance to play against them.”

T.C. Jothish, coach of India: “Turkey is a very beautiful country. We are very proud to be here. There are strong teams in this championship and we are going to play tough games throughout the tournament. I hope we will get a good result.”

Brahim Bouchdouk, coach of Morocco: “It is a great honour for us to take place in this great tournament. We qualified from Africa and we represent our continent. This is very important for us. We are in a pool that includes strong teams. Our first aim is to complete our pool in the best place.”

Umit Hizal, coach of Turkey: “We are proud to host this prestigious event in our country. I think there will be very important and tough matches in this World Championship. I hope all the countries that are participating in this championship will leave our country with the best memories. I wish all the teams the best of luck.”

Noriaki Sako, coach of Japan: “The conditions are very good and I would like to thank Turkey for this.  The first match in a tournament is always very important and we are looking forward to ours.”

Urmas Tali, coach of Estonia: “The Estonian team is one of the 20 teams who made it to the Finals in Turkey.  This is the first time in 14 years.  I wish everyone good luck but I would like to see many surprises in this tournament.  I hope we will be one of the big surprises here.”

Jorge Lopez, coach of Mexico: “Our aim is to become world champions, but we know this will be a hard tournament and we will approach it match by match.”

Fabian Muraco, coach of Argentina: “Our team is very happy to be in Turkey.  I think it will be a very difficult tournament, because all the teams are very strong.  Good luck to all the coaches and their teams!”

Farhad Nafarzadeh, coach of Iran: “I am very happy to be here, in Ankara, for this tournament.  This tournament will be very difficult for all participating teams, because this is a new formula for this competition.  Each team has prepared for this tournament and I am sure it will be a good championship.  I hope we can be among the best teams in this competition.”


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