Bangkok, Thailand, March 19, 2017 – Powerhouses Iran have been handed a tough draw in Pool A with China, Korea, Qatar and a qualified team from Central Asia when they will host the 2018 FIVB Volleyball World Championship Quarter-finals for Men in Tehran between August 10 and 14.
Following the drawing of lots for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Quarter-finals (Asian Zone) conducted by AVC Sports Events Council Chairman Dr Eom Han-Joo on Sunday at Dusit Princess Srinakarin Hotel in Bangkok, Iran, current world No.7 and joint fifth place at the Rio Olympic Games, will kick off their World Championship Quarter-finals campaign at home against Korea on August 11, the second day of the competition.
The formidable Iranians, who suffered a shock defeat in the final showdown against Japan at the 2015 Asian Senior Men’s Championship at home, will next go up against world No. 20 China, a qualified Central Asia team and Qatar on August 12, 13 and 14 respectively.
Kazakhstan, India, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan will take part in the World Championship Central Asian Qualification Round in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from April 21 to 23, vying for a place in the Pool A clash in Iran.
World No.15 Australia will host Pool B competition between July 12 and 16 to be pitted against Asian champions Japan, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and New Zealand.
Australia and New Zealand set up an all-Oceanians curtain-raisers on July 12. The host side will then take on Thailand the following day, have a rest day on July 14 before facing world No.14 Japan and Chinese Taipei on July 15 and July 16 respectively.
Only top two teams apiece from Pool A in Iran and Pool B in Australia will make the cut for the 24-team 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship (Finals) in Italy and joint hosts Bulgaria.
Meanwhile, Kazakhstan and Thailand will host Pool A and Pool B encounters at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Quarter-finals (Asian Zone) from September 20 to 24.
Kazakhstan have been drawn in Pool A with world No.1 and the Rio Games gold medallists China, Chinese Taipei, Australia and Fiji.
Hosts Kazakhstan will start their World Championship Quarter-finals campaign against indomitable China, current World Cup and Asian winners, on September 21 before going up against Australia, Chinese Taipei and Fiji on September 22, 23 and 24 respectively.
Current world No.14 Thailand will host Pool B clash in Nakhon Pathom on simultaneous September 20-24. They have been drawn in Pool B with Korea, DPR Korea, Iran and Vietnam. Thailand will open their World Championship campaign against Iran and Vietnam on September 20 and 21 respectively. The host side will have a rest day on September 22 before going up against DPR Korea and Korea on September 23 and 24 respectively.
Only top two teams apiece from Pool A in Kazakhstan and Pool B in Thailand will join hosts Japan for the 24-team 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship (Finals).