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Iran edges past Czech Republic in 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships

The Iran men's national goalball team has recorded a narrow win at the 2018 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball World Championships in Sweden, moving past the Czech squad.

On Wednesday, the visually-challenged Iranian sportsmen faced counterparts from the Czech Republic at the Baltiska Hallen Venue A in the southern Swedish city of MalmAl, and defeated them 9-8.

The Iran men's national goalball team will play Germany on Thursday.

The 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships started on June 3, and will finish on June 9, 2018.

The Iranian outfit is pitted against Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Japan and the United States in Pool B of the tournament.

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, Lithuania, Sweden and Turkey are drawn in Pool A.

Goalball is a team sport designed specifically for male and female athletes with a visual impairment. Participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents' goal.

Teams alternate throwing or rolling the ball from one end of the playing area to the other, and players remain in the area of their own goal in both defense and attack. Players must use the sound of the bell to judge the position and movement of the ball. Games consist of two 12-minute halves.

Source: Press TV

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