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Rouhani hails Iran volleyball 2016 Olympics qualification


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has extended his congratulations to Iran’s national volleyball team for qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after 52 years.

In a message on Saturday, Rouhani said the impressive victory of Iran’s national volleyball team once again brought about pride and joy for the Iranian people.

He added that victories against major world volleyball heavyweights turned another golden page in the history of honors of the Iranian young people and constitute “another manifestation of endeavor and hope that the Iranian nation has exhibited to conquer the peaks of honor and better future.”

The Iranian president expressed gratitude to all the officials and sportsmen that have been involved with the team and wished them further success.

Shahram Mahmoudi (L) of Iran spikes the ball over Artur Szalpuk and Piotr Nowakowski of Poland during their men’s volleyball world final qualification match for the Rio Olympics in Tokyo on June 4, 2016. © AFP
On Saturday, Iran’s national volleyball team secured a quota place for the high-status event in Rio de Janeiro following a deserved victory over the Poles at the Men’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan.

The Iranian outfit conquered Poland 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 20-25 and 34-32) at the world-class Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in the Japanese capital in its sixth encounter at the international tournament.

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