Iran Looks Win over Cuba at Tokyo Volleyball Qualification
- August, 08, 2019 - 13:50
- Sports news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran will start Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool E with a match against Cuba in St. Petersburg on Friday.
Iran and Cuba met once at the Olympic Games, where the Persians won in straight sets in the 2016 group stage.
Both teams meet for the first time in the last seven world Olympic qualifying campaigns (1996-2020).
Both nations won four of their eight major world level encounters with each other (Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World League, Nations League, Grand Champions Cup).
Cuba won the first four world level meetings (1991-2011), before Iran won the last four (2013-2018).
Iran participated once in the Olympic Games, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and finished in joint-fifth place in 2016 after losing their quarter-final match to Italy (3-0).
Team Melli, who has appeared in each of the last four world Olympic qualifying campaigns, from 2004 to 2016, qualified for Rio Olympic Games as the best placed Asian team at the 2016 World Olympic Qualification tournament.
Iran won each of their last four world Olympic qualification matches, since a 3-0 defeat against France in 2016.