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India qualifies for the 2023 FIVB U19 World Championships

India qualified for the 2023 FIVB U19 World Championships after securing a place in the semifinals of the 2022 Asian Boys’ U18 Volleyball Championship currently underway in Tehran, Iran. The Indian boys’ defeated Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals to confirm their place in the global event.

India got off to a great start as they took the first two sets easily by 25-19 & 25-14. However, the Taipei side made a comeback and won a thrilling third set by 27-25. But the young Indians held their nerves to win the 4th set by 25-23 to wrap up the match.

India will take on Iran in the semifinal on Sunday. Earlier in the preliminary round, the Indian team finished second in Group B with 2 wins and 1 loss. The Indian team went down fighting to two-times defending champions Japan by 2-3 (20-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 13-15) in their first match. They defeated Thailand 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 27-25, 25-23) in their next match. In their final group encounter, the young Indians stunned Korea in straight sets 25-23, 25-20, 25-21.

This will be India’s 6th appearance at the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship. The Indian qualified for the four consecutive tournaments in 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2009. Then in 2021, they were invited after several nations had withdrawn due to the pandemic.

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