In Urmia, Iran, the final 12 teams in the 22nd Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship were announced on Monday evening.
By Sunday night, eight teams had firmly cemented their positions: Iran (the consecutive two-time defending champions and hosts), Japan, Qatar, Chinese Taipei, Iraq, Korea, Pakistan, and Bahrain. Monday’s games added China, Indonesia, Thailand, and India.
The Final 12 action kicks off tomorrow, on Wednesday, with pairings based on a draw that matches six pool winners with six runners-up.
• Pool A leaders, Iran, who will face Pakistan.
• Pool B leaders, Japan, facing off against Bahrain.
• China from Pool C, who will play against India.
• Chinese Taipei from Pool D, against Iraq.
• Qatar, the winners of Pool E, who will face Thailand.
• Pool F leaders, Korea, against Indonesia.
Based on the tournament’s formula, direct entries into Friday’s semi-finals are reserved for winners from the Iran-Pakistan and Japan-Bahrain matches.
Meanwhile, the winners from the remaining Final 12 duels will clash in Thursday’s quarterfinals to determine the last two semi-finalist spots.
The climax of the championship is set for Saturday, where the gold and bronze medal matches will determine the top teams.
The day will also feature other final classification games, marking an end to the tournament.