The Iran men’s national volleyball team will be taking part in the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's World Championship, after brushing off Kazakhstan in the Asian qualification of the forthcoming event.
On Sunday evening, the Iranian squad overpowered the Central Asian team 3-0 in comfortable straight sets (25-18, 25-17 and 25-16) at Hossein Rezazadeh Hall in the northwestern Iranian city of Ardabil.
Iran’s Amir Ghafour was named the top scorer of the match with 16 points. Nodirkhan Kadirkhanov was Kazakhstan’s top scorer with 14.
After the match, Iran head coach Igor Kolaković offered his congratulation to the members of the men’s national volleyball team, Iranian coaches, spectators and journalists over the qualification of his team to the 2018 FIVB world championship.
“Yesterday’s victory over China had already paved the way for our progress to the world championship. Even though we knew that Kazakhstan’s level did not correspond to that of Iran, we entered the court fully prepared and took them seriously. We don’t underestimate any rival, and have great respect for them,” Kolaković pointed out.
The Asian section of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship qualification acts as qualifiers for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship, which is to be held in Italy and Bulgaria.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is in Pool A with China, Kazakhstan, Qatar and South Korea. Iran and China have secured their spots in the the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship as the top two finishers of the pool.
Australia, Chinese Taipei, Japan, New Zealand and Thailand were in Pool B. Japan and Australia have also booked their tickets for the world championship.