October, 06, 2018 – 10:54 Sports news https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2018/10/06/1845179/iran-sitting-volleyball-one-to-watch-at-asian-para-games
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s men’s sitting volleyball team is one to watch at the 2018 Asian Para Games, Paralympic.org wrote.
As many as nine nations, fielding 162 athletes, will take part in the competition that will run over five days, with the winner to be decided on October 11. But all eyes will be on the powerhouse of the sport – Iran – who will once again look to dominate.
Iran, the multiple Paralympic and world champion, has ruled the court in all previous editions of the Asian Para Games and this time too it will look to maintain its stranglehold.
Iran confirmed its status as the world’s best team at the recent World Championships in July, winning its seventh world title by defeating defending champion Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 in the final.
Its star player and the tallest man ever to compete a Paralympic Games is Morteza Mehrzad. At 2.46m, his height means opposing coaches have to re-think their strategies. Playing alongside him will be Rio 2016 stars Sadegh Bigdeli, Ramezan Salehi Hajikolaei, Isa Zirahi and Majid Lashkari and this combination could make Iran unstoppable.