A team from the Serbian Volleyball Federation is to visit the Maldives, to assist in the development of the sport.
Sports Minister Ahmed Mahloof announced this via Twitter on Wednesday, following a meeting with the federation’s president, Zoran Gajic.
He said that a team from the federation will visit the country “to assess the situation and assist in [its] development.”
Gajic also invited four Maldivian coaches to visit Siberia and “gain first-hand experience from teams in the Serbian volley league.”
Earlier this week, the minister announced that the national team will be training in the European nation ahead of the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG). The training camp is to be held from 3-14 July.
The decision was reached at a meeting between the sports minister and his Serbian counterpart, Vanja Udovičić.
Udovičić had assured Serbia’s support to develop sports in Maldives at the meeting. He is to travel to Maldives “soon” to sign an MoU to assist in the development of youth and sports.
While the sports minister has since visited the facility where the team will be camping at, he emphasized that “it is one of the most well-equipped training facilities in the world.”
Noting that the team “will be trained by the top coaches in Europe,” Mahloof also revealed that they will be playing various friendly matches with Serbian team as well as Kuwait.
Prior to departing Serbia, the minister said that he is looking forward "to further strengthen the relationship and cooperation" between the two countries.