Imam Khamenei congratulates Iran volleyball team on winning Asian Championship title
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei has congratulated the Iranian men’s national volleyball team on winning the 2021 Asian Men's Volleyball Championship.
In a message issued on Monday, the Leader thanked members of the Iranian team.
“The brilliant victory of the national volleyball team is very sweet for the Iranian nation. I sincerely thank you, dear youths and your Iranian coach,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in the message released by his official website.
On Sunday, Iran succeeded to defend the crown after a thrilling 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 31-29) final showdown with hosts Japan at the Chiba Port Arena.
Iran and Japan started the match with a lot of intensity, resulting in a tight contest until the final stretch of the opening set.
But it was the Iranian side that got out of the jam with Saber Kazemi’s back-to-back swings to secure the 27-25 set win.
The tight contest ensued in the second set, with Iran leading only by two points at 23-21.
Aliasghar Mojarad deflected a middle hit by Japan to extend the lead to three and give Iran set point.
Kings of Asia
The international governing body for volleyball FIBA praised the Iranian team. “MVP (Most Valuable Player) Saber Kazemi and Team Iran have defended their title and extend their reign as the volleyball KINGS of Asia for another two years,” it wrote in a post published on its official Instagram page.
The 2021 Asian Men's Volleyball Championship was held from September 12 to 19 in Japan.
The top two teams of the tournament also qualified for the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship in Russia as the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) representatives.