The Iranian men’s national goalball team finished in second place at the 2017 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball Asia/Pacific Championships in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday.
In the final match, the Iranian team lost to China 10-2 at Thai-Japan Bangkok Youth Center. Javad Shirdel scored two goals for Iran.
The 2017 IBSA Goalball Asia/Pacific Championships started on August 19 and finished on August 27.
Iran men’s goalball team advanced to the 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships which will take place between June 3 and June 9 in Malmo, Sweden.
The Iranian women’s team also finished in fifth place.
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.