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Iran downs China in Asian Handball Championship
Iran defeated China 36-18 in Group B of the 17th Asian Handball Championship at Khalifa Sports City in Isa Tow, Bahrain on Tuesday.

Iran suffered a 21-26 loss to Saudi Arabia but beat Lebanon 31-26 in its second match.

Group A consists of Japan, Oman, South Korea and Syria. 

Team Iran has been scheduled to face Bahrain and the UAE on Thursday and Saturday respectively. 

The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-final, from which the winners will contest the gold medal match and the losers the bronze medal match, both on January 28. 

The tournament also serves as a qualifier for the 2017 Men’s World Handball Championship which be held in France in January 2017. 

Qatar, as world runner-up has already booked its slot in the World Championship, leaving four more teams to fight for their tickets to the event. 

 
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