Tag Archives: Asian Tournaments

Iran wins gold at U18 Asian Basketball Championships (Photos)

Iran have been crowned champions of the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship after beating Japan 71-65 in the final held at Azadi Basketball Hall in Tehran. It is the third time Iran have won the title of this competition after previous wins in 2004 and 2008.

The hosts lost to Japan and Korea in the group stage, but dethroned the three-time reigning champions China in the quarterfinals and won against Korea in the semifinals. Korea got past Lebanon 86-63 in the 3rd Place Game.

Iran, Japan and Korea will represent Asia at the 2017 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Egypt.

Sources: IRNA, FIBA 1, FIBA 2, Wikipedia | 2016 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship

Iran’s women win silver medal at the Asian Canoe Polo Championships in Hong Kong (Photos)

The 16th Asian Canoe Polo Championships have been held in October 2015 in Hong Kong, with over 200 players in four categories (Men, U21 Men, Women, U21 Women) from eleven participating countries (Brunei, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong).

Iran, Singapore, Chinese Taipei and Japan dominated the finals of the Championships. Each of them respectively won a championship in the end. Iran won a total of four medals (one gold, two silver and one bronze) and the top scorer titles in the U21 men and women categories.

Singapore’s women canoe polo team defeated five-time defending champions Iran 3-1 in the final, winning the title for the first time. Singapore had fallen to Iran at the final hurdle thrice (2005, 2009 and 2013). Iran’s U21 women team cut Singapore’s title hopes winning the final 5-1. Iran men won bronze after future champion Japan defeated them 7-6 in the semifinals. The U21 team lost 2-6 to Chinese Taipei in the final to settle for a silver medal.

Photos of the Iranian team during the championship in Hong Kong

The Asian Canoeing Championships are subdivided into three tournaments: canoe sprint, canoe slalom and canoe polo. Canoe polo is a combination of canoeing and water polo. The canoes that are used are lighter and shorter than a conventional one, for easier manoeuvrability. Two teams of five players attempt to score using a water polo ball in an area slightly smaller than an Olympic-sized pool. The game can be played in a swimming pool or a lake. The 20-minute game is divided into two halves, with a three-minute interval. The players score by sending the ball into a goal, which is suspended 2m above the water’s surface. Besides using the paddles, players can also use their hands to pass the ball, similar to the practice in water polo. Each player has to wear protective gear such as helmet, vest and face guard.

Sources: Wikipedia | Asian Canoeing Championships, The Straits Times, Asian Canoe Confederation, Iran Daily, Fars News, Sportsoho

Iran wins sixteen medals at the Asian Canoe Sprint Championships in Palembang, Indonesia

The 16th Asian Canoeing Championships, hosted in Palembang, Indonesia from November 4th to November 8th,  were attended by 500 athletes from 21 countries: Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea, South Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam. Unfortunately athletes from Nepal and Pakistan were not able to attend the event due to a delay in their visas.

Iran had a very succesfull run winning a total of sixteen medals (five gold, five silver and six bronze). Kazakhstan dominated the tournament, grabbing the most medals.

Results – Senior
Women C1 200m Fatemeh Karamjani (Gold)
Women C1 500m Fatemeh Karamjani (Silver)

Men K4 1000m Ali Aghamirzaei / Babak Darban / Farzin Asadi / Amin Boudaghi (Gold)
Men C1 200m Adel Mojallalimoghadam (Bronze)
Men K1 1000m Farzin Asadi (Bronze)
Men K2 200m Ali Ojaghu / Seyedkia Eskandanihahosseini (Bronze)
Men K2 1000m Ali Aghamirzaei / Amin Boudaghi (Bronze)

Photos: Iranian canoe athletes at national and international canoeing competitions

Results – Junior
Women K1 200m Mina Abdolahi (Gold)
Women K2 500m Ebrahimi / Tahmasabi (Gold)
Women C1 200m Atena Raofi (Bronze)
Women K1 500m Mina Abdolahi (Bronze)

Men C1 1000m Nabi Rezayi (Gold)
Men K1 1000m Alireza Farmande (Silver)
Men K2 1000m Masoud/Sharifi (Silver)

Dragon boat races
Women 200m (Silver)
Women 500m (Silver)

Sources: Wikipedia | 2015 Asian Canoe Sprint Championships, palembantribunnews.com, antarasumsel.com I, antarasumsel.com IIantarasumsel.com III, The Straits Times, Mehr News 1, womencanintl.com, Mehr News 2

Winners of Asian Women’s Futsal Championship welcomed in Iran (Photos)

Iran women’s national futsal team were received at the airport in Tehran by their families, fans, Football Federation officials and a number of media representatives after having been crowned inaugural champions of the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship in Malaysia.

Fereshteh Karimi was awarded AFC Women’s Futsal Championship 2015 Most Valuable Player after beating Japan 1-0 in a thrilling final at the Nilai Indoor Stadium. The 26-year-old scored six goals in the campaign but undoubtedly her most important was the one she notched in the final.

Sources: IRNA Photos, AFC | Iran crowned inaugural AFC Futsal Champions, AFC | Fereshteh Karimi attributes MVP accolade to team effort

Photo gallery: Iranian football fans at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia

The 2015 Asian Cup started on January 9th and ends on January 31st. Iran reached the quarterfinals but lost to Iraq on penalties in a nerve-wrecking match.

As a goodbye to this year’s Asian Cup a compilation of photos of Iranian fans:

Sources: mostafagraphy.tumblr.com, Iran beat Bahrain in 2015 Asian Cup opener – in pictures, Asian Cup – The fans of Iran, Bing Image Search

Iran beach soccer team claims gold in Asian Beach Games in Thailand

Iran’s beach soccer team defeated Japan 4-3 and won the gold medal in the 4th edition of the Asian Beach Games on Friday.

Shahriar Mozhdeh Roudsari, Ali Naderi, Amir Hossein Akbari and Hassan Abdollahi scored for the Iranian outfit at the Saphan Hin. Moreira Ozu (twice) and Takasuke Goto scored for the Japanese team. […]

Iran has already won five gold medals in the games which is underway in Phuket, Thailand. The Iranian athletes are competing in 17 out of 26 sports in the event.

Kamran Hosseini Jam at the Men’s Freestyle -80kg, Mohammad Naderi at the Men’s Freestyle -70kg, Jaber Sadeghzadeh at the Men’s Freestyle +80kg, Ghanbar Ali Ghanbari at the Men’s -66kg and Sobhan Taherkhani at the Men’s Long Jump Final have previously won a gold medal in the games.

The 4th Asian Beach Games opened in Thailand on November 14, attracting 3,272 athletes from 43 Asian countries and territories. There are a total of 196 categories in 26 sports. The first Asian Beach Games was held in Indonesia in 2008. Vietnam will host the fifth edition in Khanh Hoa Province and Da Nang City in 2016.

Source: Payvand News

Iran beat China to lift U-20 Asian volleyball crown

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The Iranian team wearing their gold medals

Iran has pulled off a stunning straight-sets victory over China to take gold at the 17th Asian U20 Men’s Volleyball Championships in Bahrain. A match billed as a clash of the Asian junior titans became a volleyball clinic, with Iran strolling to its fifth Asian U20 title, all achieved in the past nine championships.

With the exception of the first five points of the match, which China won, Iran was in total control. The seeds were sown in the sixth point of the opening set, when Rahman Taghizadeh rose to block a Runtao Xia spike. That block not only stopped the Chinese momentum, it also signaled a change in direction for his teammates. […]

Zhejia Zhang, the Chinese blocking machine later named the tournament’s best middle blocker, managed just one for the night. Runtao Xia, later to be named best outside spiker, was restricted to just seven points.

Iran played almost all its pool matches with just ten players, after visa problems left two of its players cooling their heels in Tehran. […]

“They worked very hard for this, working, working, working, step-by-step. Today the players showed they were one team and they were the best in the competition.”

It was a powerful display by Iran, and guarantees Asia will be well served at next year’s U23 World Championships in Mexico. “In 2007 I was with the Iran youth team when we won the gold medal, and I hope next year we can repeat history and win another gold medal,” coach Farhad said.

Final result: Iran vs. China 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19)

Final standings – TOP 5
1. IRAN
2. CHINA
3. KOREA
4. BAHRAIN
5. JAPAN

Individual awards
Best setter: Yu Yaochen (China)
Best outside spiker: Valaei Akbar (Iran)
Best outside spiker: Xia Runtao (China)
Best middle blocker: Alla Verdian Sahand (Iran)
Best middle blocker: Zhang Zhejia (China)
Best libero: Lee Sanguk (Korea)
Best opposite spiker: Mohamed Anan (Bahrain)
Most valuable player: Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad (Iran)

Source: asianvolleyball.org