Iran to host IFCPF Asia-Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onships

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

TEHRAN — Iran will host the 2018 IFCPF (In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Cere­bral Palsy Foot­ball) Asia-Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onships in late Novem­ber.

The pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion will be held in the Iran’s south­ern Kish Is­land, lo­cated in the Per­sian Gulf, from Nov. 22 to 30.

Iran (host), Aus­tralia, South Korea, Jor­dan and Thai­land will com­pete at the eight-day com­pe­ti­tion.

Iran will meet Thai­land on Nov. 24 in the open­ing match, while Aus­tralia face South Korea.

“We in­vited young play­ers to our team af­ter the Rio 2016 Par­a­lympic Games. Team Melli have held five train­ing camps so far and are ready to par­tic­i­pate at the IFCPF Asia-Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onships. The com­pe­ti­tion can be con­sid­ered as good prepa­ra­tion for the world cham­pi­onship,” Iran coach Ali Boka said.

2018 IFCPF Asia-Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onships is an im­por­tant event for the par­tic­i­pants since the cham­pi­ons will au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify for the 2019 IFCPF World Cup – Pinto Madrid, Spain.

Foot­ball 7-a-side was in­tro­duced to the Par­a­lympics dur­ing the 1984 New York Games, orig­i­nally called Cere­bral Palsy foot­ball. The sport now in­cludes ath­letes with other brain in­juries and sim­i­lar con­di­tions.

Foot­ball 7-a-side is gov­erned by the Cere­bral Palsy In­ter­na­tional Sports and Recre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion (CPISRA) us­ing the mod­i­fied rules of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of As­so­ci­ated Foot­ball (FIFA).

In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee (IPC) de­cided Foot­ball 7-a-side is not in­cluded in the Tokyo 2020 Par­a­lympic Games.

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