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Iran drawn with China at Asian Girls’ U18 Volleyball
Iran have been pitted against powerhouse China and Hong Kong at Pool A of 11th Asian Girls’ U18 Volleyball Championship.

In the drawing of lots which took place in Chongqing, China, defending and successive five-time champions Japan have been drawn with New Zealand and Samoa in Pool B, with Thailand, Kazakhstan and Australia in Pool C. Pool D comprises Korea, Chinese Taipei and Uzbekistan.

The competition will be held in Chongqing, China from March 5 to 13 which is the Asian qualification round for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship in Argentina, reported.

The pool round-robin preliminaries will take place between March 5 and 7. Iran and hosts China set up the curtain-raisers on March 5, while Japan take on New Zealand, Kazakhstan face Australia and Uzbekistan challenge Korea.

Only top two teams from each pool after the preliminaries will advance to round of the last eight teams in Pool E and F, while the teams finishing third will be relegated to the 9th-12th classification round. Teams playing each other in the preliminaries will not meet again, but their early results will be taken into consideration for ranking classification.

Top four teams from the Asian meet will make the cut for the 20-team 2017 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship from August 18 to 27 in Rosario & Santa Fe’, Argentina. At the previous world meet in Lima, Peru two years ago, five Asian teams had qualified for the top-flight competition. Japan, Thailand, China and Korea qualified through the Asian Girls’ U18 Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, while Chinese Taipei also joined the fray as one of the two teams with the best world rankings.

Since the tournament’s inception in 1997 in Yala, Thailand, only two teams, Japan and China, had captured the titles. Japan made their presence felt to clinch the first crown. China underlined their supremacy over the biennial tournament for four times in a row 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005. Japan roared back to make it five in succession including a hard-fought 3-1 win over hosts Thailand in the previous edition in Nakhon Ratchasima.


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