Iran males pulled off a 72-54 win over the Netherlands to take a historic bronze medal on the 2022 IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships and stamp their stature as the most effective groups on this planet. This was Iran’s first medal in a World Championships.
Iran had been led by Morteza Abedi’s double-double (19 factors, 18 rebounds) whereas their star participant Omid Hadiazhar contributed with 11 factors. Dutch participant Mendel Op den Orth high scored within the match with 24 factors however couldn’t take his workforce by means of. Each Hadiazhar and Op den Orth making the Males’s All-Star Workforce.
A contented Iran head coach Mohammadreza Dastyar mentioned:
“We analysed Netherlands’ recreation and deliberate accordingly. An evening earlier than the match, I informed my boys that we have to management the sport, play with thoughts and never with coronary heart. It was an excellent win and total nice Championships with my younger gamers together with 18-year-old Abolfazl Jalaei getting nice studying experiences.
“The gamers are working arduous and plenty of seniors gamers are taking part in in numerous European international locations like Turkey, Spain and bringing membership expertise to the workforce,” mentioned Dastyar appreciating the arduous work of the assistant coaches.
“This workforce began coaching solely after October 2022 and the extent of recreation they’re taking part in, I can say – we’re able to defend the title in Hangzhou 2022 (the Asian Paralympic Video games). We need to proceed this momentum to Hangzhou.”
USA males took on Nice Britain males within the closing.
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