October 10, 2018 – 18:44
TEHRAN – Iran’s men’s sitting volleyball team booked a place in the final match of the 2018 Asian Para Games on Wednesday.
Iran defeated Iraq in straight sets 25-8, 25-12, 25-19 in the semi-finals.
“We have many top world sitting volleyball players. Our country in fact produces a lot of athletes in this sports discipline,” said Iran’s coach Hadi Rezaei.
“We also wish to emerge as the 2020 Paralympics’ champion after winning the world competition in the Netherlands this year,” declared the coach.
China managed to go through to the final after defeating Kazakhstan 3-1 with the scores of 25-23, 25-21, 15-25, 25-21 on Wednesday.
This year’s final is a repeat of the final matches of the last two editions of the Asian Para Games in 2010 and 2014, when both teams also clashed in search for the gold.
The men’s sitting volleyball final match will be held at Indoor Tennis Stadium, Gelora Bung Karno sports complex, on Thursday.
Iran’s women’s sitting volleyball team also advanced to the final match after beating Japan in straight sets 25-17, 25-14, 25-10.
The Iranian team will face powerhouse China on Thursday in the final match.