Iran beat China in emphatic fashion on Sunday to book a place in the men’s volleyball competitions at the 2020 Tokyo Games, starting late July.
In a repeat of a group stage encounter, the Asian champion routed the host in straight sets (25-14, 25-22, 25-14) in Jiangmen to clinch a second successive berth at the Olympics, having reached the quarterfinals in Rio 2016.
Middle blocker Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi stole the show for Iran, chipping in 16 points, followed by Shahram Mahmoudi who scored 10.
Chuan Jiang and Libin Liu had 13 and seven points to their name, respectively, in the Chinese outfit.
Iran joins the host of the Games Japan, as well as Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Poland, Russia and USA, who had secured their spots through the intercontinental qualifiers last August.
France and Egypt also qualified for the Games through continental qualifications.