Iran into Asian Beach Handball C’ship semis

June 20, 2019 - 15:41

TEHRAN – Iran advanced to the Asian Beach Handball Championship 2019 semifinals despite suffering a 2-1 loss against Oman on Thursday.

Team Melli had already defeated Japan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in Weihai, China.

Iran will face four-time champions Qatar on Saturday.

The tournament includes two groups of six teams.

Group A consists of Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Qatar, while Iran are in Group B along with Oman, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Pakistan and Thailand.

The competition serves as a qualifier for both the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games in Qatar and the 2020 IHF Men’s Beach Handball Championships to be held in Italy.

 The top two teams will receive a direct ticket to Italy.

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