Ex-Olympian wants stronger volleyball program

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


FORMER Olympic volleyball player Zohair Ammar wants to intensify the volleyball grassroots program in the country as he facilitated yesterday’s start of the FIVB Volleyball Cooperation Program (VCP) Teachers’ Course at the Social Hall of Cebu City Hall.

This is the first time that Cebu hosted an international seminar by FIVB, which will run for five days.

During the start of the seminar, Ammar, who used to suit up for his country Egypt in the Olympics, conducted a practical session to evaluate the technical skill of the participants. Today, they will be discussing introduction of volleyball to beginners and techniques.

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In the third day, Ammar will talk about the methods to acquire volleyball skills for players and coaching principles. To be tackled on the fourth day will be team composition, basic tactics and beach volleyball.

They will close the event with a VCP Youth Festival, a mini-tournament, which will be participated by elementary players coming from St. Theresa’s College, Sacred Heart School-Atene De Cebu, University of San Carlos, Basilica Del Santo Nino De Cebu, University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R).

According to Ammar, he is impressed with the kind of dedication that the participants showed and how keen they were to work with the FIVB program to improve their ways of teaching the sport to the kids. He also noted that he saw a lot of potential in the Filipino volleyball players especially in beach volleyball.

Two Cebuanos competed in the Asian tour earlier this month.

“The sport of volleyball here in the Philippines is growing fast. At this stage, the country shows great potential in beach volleyball especially after learning about the performance of the two Cebuano players in the recent AVC tour in Thailand,” said Ammar.

Ammar has been coaching the Egyptian national team since he retired in 1984 and has been coaching other national teams in several countries such as Jordan, Namibia and Bahrain.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 24, 2014.

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