Wed, 05 Aug 2020

OTTAWA, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Canada men's national volleyball team have begun their first training session of 2020, with a 13-man squad at a facility in Quebec.

According to the FIVB website, social distancing requirements will see the players arrive and depart on staggered dates, with training expected to conclude on July 29. Featuring twice-daily sessions, the training camp is designed to help the players prepare for the 2020-21 club season, as most of them will return to their clubs in Europe in August.

Assistant coach Gino Brosseau explained how the coaches would help the players get their rhythm back.

"We will increase the intensity a little bit for the second week and a little more in the third one. There are no competitions in the near future, so the goal is to gradually put them back in shape," he said.

Spiker Nicholas Hoag said he was excited to meet his teammates again. "I know the guys lifted [weights] a lot during the quarantine period, but volleyball is a very dynamic sport, so it's a different kind of exercise for us."

"After the first sessions I could barely walk, but it got better every day. It's nice to be with the team again even though we want to hug each other since we're like a family here and we can't, but we understand these measures are necessary right now," he added.

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