Iran crowned men’s Asian volleyball champions after defeating Japan in final

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Tehran, Iran, September 20, 2021: Iran defeated Japan 3-0 to win the men’s Asian Volleyball Championship in Chiba, Japan on Sunday, September 19.

Iran, fielding a young team after a poor showing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where they finished ninth, overcame Japan 27-25, 25-22, 31-29 to retain their Asian crown.

It was the fourth title for Iran. Japan is still the most-decorated team in Asia with nine titles.

Iran and Japan will also represent Asia at the 2022 FIVB Men’s World Championship in Russia.

Saber Kazemi was named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Earlier in the day, China defeated Chinese-Taipei 3-0 in the bronze medal match.

A total of 16 teams competed at the 21st Asian Volleyball Championship.