Iran edges past Ukraine in goalball world championships

Iran national men’s goalball team has thrashed Ukraine in the 2014 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball World Championship in Finland.

On Tuesday, Iran’s visually challenged goalball players edged past the Ukrainian side 12-8 in a match played at Tapiola Sport Center in the city of Espoo.

The Iranians have won two of the four matches they have played so far. They demonstrated remarkable skills in their opening match on Monday, and earned a convincing 10-2 victory over Germany.

The Iranian outfit, however, conceded successive defeats to the United States (6-5) and the Czech Republic (7-5) in their second and third encounters later on Monday and earlier Tuesday.

Iran national men’s goalball team is to meet Algeria later on Wednesday.

The 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships opened in Espoo on June 26, and will wrap up on July 6.

The top three teams of the tournament will book their tickets to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

The Iranian team has been pitted against host Finland, Algeria, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and the US in Pool A. Pool B consists of Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Canada, China, Lithuania and Turkey.

Goalball is a team sport designed specifically for male and female athletes with a visual impairment. Participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents’ goal.

Teams alternate throwing or rolling the ball from one end of the playing area to the other, and players remain in the area of their own goal in both defense and attack. Players must use the sound of the bell to judge the position and movement of the ball. Games consist of two 12-minute halves.

By Press TV


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