0926 GMT January 17, 2022
Iran 2 team, comprising Bahman Salemi and Abolhassan Khakizadeh, settled for a runner-up spot at the 2021 Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships in Phuket, Thailand.
The Iranian duo fell to a straight-set defeat (21-16, 21-13) against Australia 1 pair – Christopher McHugh and Paul Burnett – in the final showpiece, while Qatari duo Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan beat Dmitriy Yakovlev and Sergey Bogatu of Kazakhstan to third spot.
Iran was represented by three couples at the event.
The campaign of Iran 1 pair – Abdol-Hamed Mirza-Ali and Alireza Aqajani – came to a finish with a last-16 defeat against Australia 2, while Iran 3 – Sina Shokati and Mojtaba Aro – was knocked out at the hands of the eventual champion in the quarterfinals.