Doha, Qatar: Qatar volleyball team started preparations for the Asian qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the QVA Headquarters Gym in Doha on Monday. The Asian qualifiers will be held in China from January 7 to 12.
Ali Abdullah Al Haddad has been named the head of the national team. Camilo Soto is the coach, while Carlos Jermain is the fitness coach. Cornel Klinsky and Abdul Hafeez Asmawi are the statistician and therapist, respectively.
At present, 16 players - Mubarak Dahi Waleed, Sultan Abdullah, Ahmed Jamal, Mohamed Ibrahim Said, Bilal Nabil, Suleiman Saeed, Milos Stevanovic, Nader Abu Bakr, Renan Rebeiro, Assam Mahmoud, Geraldo, Nagy Mahmoud, Khaled Samiah, Nikola, Othman Abdul Wahid and Ahmed Bassam - have been selected for the camp.
Meanwhile, the QVA League first phase will restart on December 25 with Al Shamal taking on Al Khor. Then the last match between Qatar Sports Club and Al Rayyan Club will be held on January 18 after all the players return from the China assignment.
Former champions Al Arabi have won all nine matches in the first phase and lead the table with 25 points. Police, with seven wins and two defeats, are second, trailing the leaders by five points while Al Wakrah are third with 19.