Article courtesy Rahim Rahimzadeh; Julie Haake contributed to this report.
The first world men’s league of para volleyball took place in Tabriz,
the capital city of East Azerbaijan province of Iran from April 19th through the 24th. A total of six teams were competing against each other for the championship title and a cash prize of $30,000 USD. Participant teams were Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA, and the host team, Iran.
On the evening of April 24th, the two powerful para volleyball teams of Iran and Russia went to the playground at Sadra hall of Tabriz city went to fight for the title of the first men’s world para volleyball league. Iran powerfully defeated the Russian team in straight sets, 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 28-26).
The Iran team took the championship title of the first world men’s sitting volleyball league after achieving five consecutive wins against their rivals. They also took home the highest cash prize amount $12,000 USD. The second place team earned $6000 USD.
In one of the best games of the competition, Bosnia and Herzegovina pushed past the Ukraine team, 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-20), for the bronze medal.
In the battle for fifth place, Germany defeated the USA 3-1 (25-18, 31-29, 23-25, 25-19).
All of the games were broadcasted live by T.V of East Azerbaijan province.
Altogether 18 games were played.