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IBSA Goalball World Championships: Iran Downs Egypt

04 Jun 2018, 18:36 GMT+10

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran defeated Egypt 12-2 in its first match in the 2018 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball World Championships in Malmo, Sweden on Sunday.

The Iranian team will play title-holder Brazil on Monday.

The IBSA Goalball World Championships is the biggest competition on the sport's calendar.

A total of 28 teams - 16 men's and 12 women's - will compete for the coveted titles.

The men's teams have been split into two sections with Group A made up of Lithuania, Algeria, China, Belgium, Argentina, Sweden, Australia and Turkey and Group B comprising Iran, USA, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Egypt, Czech Republic and Japan.

The women's competition sees Turkey, Russia, Japan, Australia, Israel and Sweden placed into Group C, and China, USA, Algeria, Canada, Greece and Brazil pitted against each other in Group D.

The group stages are being held from Sunday until Thursday (June 7).

The quarter-final are scheduled to get underway on Thursday before the medal matches on Friday (June 8).

The medalists from both the men's and women's event will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

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