Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:40AM
Iran national under-23 wheelchair basketball team beats Thailand 73-41 in Asia-Oceania qualifying tournament for world championship. (Illustrative photo)
Iran national under-23 wheelchair basketball team beats Thailand 73-41 in Asia-Oceania qualifying tournament for world championship. (Illustrative photo)

Iran national under-23 wheelchair basketball team has launched a determined campaign at the Asia-Oceania qualifying tournament for the 2017 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Men's Under-23 World Championship, beating Thailand.

On Monday morning, the Iranian side clinched a 73-41 victory over the hosts in the Thai capital city of Bangkok.

The Iranian physically-challenged sportsmen will return to action in the evening as they play against the Indian squad.

Six countries, namely Australia, China, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan and Thailand, have taken part in the Asia-Oceania qualifying tournament for the IWBF Uner-23 World Championship.

Traditionally Australia, Iran and Japan have been favorites to win the tournament. However, China and Japan have shown that they are also to be taken as serious opponents.

The IWBF Under-23 World Championship, which is held every four years, will be in its sixth edition.

The tournament will take place between June 8 and 16 at the Mattamy Athletic Center in the Canadian city of Toronto.