Toronto will be Iran’s second appearance on the World stage at U23 level, with their only other appearance being four years ago at the U23 World Championships in Adana, Turkey where they placed fifth.
However, after a triumphant Asia Oceania U23 qualifiers in Bangkok earlier this year where they won Gold, they will be looking to better this with the help of key scorer Mohammadhassan Sayari.
Mohammadhassan Sayari swept the board at the Asia Oceania U23 Qualifiers making the All Star 5, MVP and Top Scorer. Here’s a little bit more about the player Iran will be relying on to continue his fine form:
Name: Mohammadhassan Sayari
Where are you from? Arak, I.R. Iran
How long have you been playing wheelchair basketball? 7 years
What is your club? My current club is Izmir Municipality Club in Turkey.
How do you feel about representing your country at the U23 World Championships? I will do my best to have my best performance.
How have the team been preparing for the Championships? We have had some training camps prior to the Championships.
How important is it to participate at the U23 World Championships as a young player? It is very important and we have to do our best to be champion.
What are your teams aims for this Championship? Reaching a desirable status.
Who are your favourites to win the tournament? Canada, Germany, Turkey, Australia and us.
What are you most looking forward to about taking part in the U23 World Championships? To be the World Champion.
Full Iran U23 Team list