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Iran v-ballers breeze past South Korea in Olympic qualifiers

Source: Press TV

The Iranian volleyball team has had a perfect start to the FIVB Men's World Olympic Qualification tournament in Japan, beating South Korea in straight sets.

The Iranian volleyball team (file photo)

The reigning Asian champions and the world No. 12 eased past South Korea 25-17, 25-18, and 25-16 at Tokyo's Metropolitan Gymnasium on Friday.

"I'm very happy for the 3-0 win because we get three points, which is important in this tournament," Iran's coach Julio Valesco said.

"Everything was good - better than I thought. Our serve was strong. We studied them. We had a good technical level with confidence and fighting spirit," he added.

Iran will next line up against China on Saturday, while Korea will lock horns with Serbia.

The FIVB World Olympic Qualification Tournament, which doubles as the Asian Olympic Continental Qualifier, is taking place at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

The tournament welcomes teams from Japan, China, Australia, Iran, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Serbia and South Korea in a round robin event that runs from June 1 to 10, including three rest days.

The eventual champions and best ranked Asian side, independently of which countries finish in the podium positions, will be granted the ticket to the upcoming London 2012 Summer Games.

Teams that have already secured berths are the host Britain as well as Russia, Poland, Brazil, Tunisia, USA, Italy and Argentina.

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