The national Iranian men's sitting volleyball team has notched a resounding win in its second match at the preliminary round of the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and triumphed over nine-time European Championships Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Iranian squad, which had blanked China 3-0 (25-22, 25-13 and 25-14) in its opening Pool B fixture on September 11, sank the two-time paralympic volleyball gold medalists 3-0 in straight sets (25-17, 25-22 and 25-17) at the massive Riocentro - Pavilion 6 indoor stadium on Monday evening,.
“The match was of paramount significance for us, and that explains why I tried to motivate my players to have a better morale on the court. Fortunately, my men exhibited a fine show.
“The match was somewhat an attempt to restore reputation since Iranians were playing against the team that put the brakes on them during the London 2012 Paralympics. It was important to emerge victorious with a high point difference,” Iran men's national sitting volleyball team head coach Hadi Rezaei said after the match.
Earlier on Monday, Iran women's national sitting volleyball team defeated Rwanda 3-0 (25-10, 25-19 and 25-18) in a Pool B preliminary round match.
Iran men's national sitting volleyball team is scheduled to face Ukraine on Wednesday. Iranian physically-challenged sportswomen will take on their Chinese counterparts as well.
The sitting volleyball tournament at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games began on September 9, and will finish on September 18.
The Islamic Republic of Iran’s National Paralympic Committee has dispatched a 111-strong delegation, dubbed Mina Caravan, to the 12-day sporting event. Iranian sportsmen and women are in action in 12 different sports.
Iranian athletes have already taken home eight medals – three gold and five silvers – putting the Islamic Republic in the 17th slot of the medal count table so far.
China is on the top of the medal count table with 118 (50 gold, 40 silver, 28 bronze).
Great Britain is second with 63 medals (28 gold, 16 silver, 19 bronze), and Ukraine is third with a total of 61 medals (22 gold, 19 silver and 20 bronze).
The United States, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Uzbekistan and Nigeria are in the 4th to 10th places respectively.