Sat, 23 Mar 2019

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran defeated Canada 14-6 in the 2018 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball World Championships in Malmo, Sweden on Tuesday.

The Iranian team started the competition with a 12-2 win over Egypt but lost to Brazil 7-4 in its second match.

Team Melli drew 8-8 with USA in its third match.

The Iranian goalballists will also face Japan, Czech Republic and Germany respectively in the preliminary round.

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 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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