Asian Volleyball Championship: Indian men’s lose opening match to Bahrain 0-3

Asian Volleyball Championship: Indian men's lose opening match to Bahrain 0-3
Asian Volleyball Championship: Indian men's lose opening match to Bahrain 0-3

Asian Volleyball Championship: Indian men’s lose opening match to Bahrain 0-3 –The Indian men’s volleyball team began its Asian volleyball championship 2021 campaign with a straight-sets loss to Bahrain in their first Group A match at the Chiba Port Arena, Japan on Sunday.

World No 84 India lost 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-21) to Bahrain, ranked 87th in the world. The Indian team has to finish in the top two in their group to progress to the quarter-finals.
India face a daunting task next against world No 30 Qatar on Monday before taking on nine-time Asian champions Japan on Tuesday in their remaining two matches in Group A, according to Olympics.com

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India has appeared in all but three editions of the men’s Asian volleyball championships since it began in 1975. They have the best finish of fourth in the 2005 edition.

A biennial event, the 2021 Asian Volleyball Championships also act as qualifiers for the 2022 FIVB World Championships – with the finalists gaining direct entry to the tournament.
The Indian volleyball team had finished eighth in the 2019 Asian Championships in Tehran, Iran.