TEHRAN, April 4 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian men's national under-19 volleyball team was qualified for the 15th edition of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship scheduled to be held in Bahrain, state TV reported on Tuesday.
On Monday, Iran defeated Thailand 3-0 in straight sets (25-16, 25-19 and 25-19) at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium in Myanmar's capital city of Naypyidaw.
"It's good to win this match because it was a very important match to give us life or death. To qualify to the World Championship was our main target and we did it at last," Iran's head coach Mohammad Vakili said after the match.
"We did not underestimate any team ... To win each match in this level of competition is very important because this generation will have a chance to compete in the future's Olympics," Vakili was quoted as saying.
Iran had already lost to South Korea and China in the 2017 Asian Youth Boys Volleyball Championship which opened on March 28 in Naypyidaw and will wrap up on April 5.
The tournament serve as the Asian qualifiers for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship. Only the four top-ranked teams will qualify for the world championship. Enditem