Serbian Dragan Mihailovic appointed Indian Men’s Volleyball Coach
The Volleyball Federation of India announced the appointment of a new coaching staff for the Indian Men’s Volleyball team on Friday. Serbian Dragan Mihailovic will take over as the Head coach and will be joined by Pryemyslaw Gaszyoski and Valadimir Radosevic as the team’s Physio Trainer and Physiotherapist respectively. Apart from the senior national men’s team, the three will also be working closely with the U-23 Men’s team and other Junior teams representing India. The trio has been appointed for five months and will work with the team for the Asian Championships scheduled to be held in Iran in September this year. <br><br>Mihailovic has more than 25 years of experience as a coach and has won several medals as an assistant coach with Serbia at the World Championships, European Championships as well as Olympics. He also comes with the experience of having worked with high profile clubs like Orestiada and Panathinaikos. Expressing his delight on his appointment as the Indian coach, the Serbian said, “It gives me great pleasure to be associated with the Indian national team. There is immense talent here and I am excited to work with them. I have had several discussions with the VFI and we are completely aligned on our goals, I am confident we can deliver results to take Indian Volleyball to greater heights.”<br><br>Mr. Ramavtar Jakhar, the Secretary General of Volleyball Federation of India, said that the appointments have been made with focus on an Olympic berth in the future. He said, “With the support of FIVB we have tried to put together a great support staff who can work closely with the team to help them get closer to the Olympic dream. While that remains the long-term goal, we also hope to secure an Asian Games medal and participate in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in the near future.” Mr. Jakhar also expressed his gratitude to FIVB President Dr. Ary S Graca for the support to the Volleyball Federation of India in appointment of Dragan as the head coach.
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