Hangzhou 2022 APG Goalball Preview: Iran men, China women eye third APG titles

Iran’s men will be hoping to make it three Asian Para Games titles in a row when they head to Hangzhou in 25 days’ time, but China will hope to spoil their party. Having won gold in 2010 but having to settle for silver in 2014 and again in 2018 will surely prove motivation for the host nation.  They were the highest placed Asian nation at the 2022 World Championships which took place in Portugal in December but again had to settle for silver.

The men’s competition will see eight teams from across Asia taking part with Jordan returning to the competition after missing out in 2018 and Saudi Arabia competing for the first time.

In the women’s event, China will be looking to restore their position at the top of the podium, something that they achieved in 2010 and 2014 but lost out in the final to Japan in 2018.  They will be joined by Iran, Japan, Thailand and the Republic of Korea.

The competition will take place from 23rd – 27th October. For both host country teams, the competition venue will be very familiar as it will take place at their training home, the China Goalball Training Base. Will this prove to be the decisive element in home advantage that sees the men and women back on top?

China women in action in a Goalball game at the Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games.
Japan women celebrate their gold medal in Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games.

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