In a riveting display of skill and determination, the men’s division at the 2024 Asia Oceania Championships witnessed high-stakes battles in the quarterfinals, setting the stage for an intense semi-final showdown.

The day kicked off with a nail-biter as Korea narrowly edged past China by a single point, securing the first semi-final spot in the men’s tournament. The intensity on the court reached its peak in this closely contested match.

Japan made a resounding statement with a superb performance, dominating Thailand 92-27. The Japanese team showcased their prowess, with five players hitting double digits, securing a well-deserved spot in the #2024AOZChamps semi-finals. The court was on fire with their outstanding play.

Iran demonstrated clinical efficiency in handling quarterfinal debutantes Afghanistan, securing an 81-41 victory. With this win, Iran advances to the semi-finals and gears up for a clash against Japan, setting the stage for another thrilling matchup.

Australia, flexing its championship muscles, proved too strong for Saudi Arabia, breezing through the quarterfinal with a commanding 92-20 victory. The Australian team’s stellar performance earned them a spot in the final four, where they will face off against Korea in the semi-finals.

As the competition intensifies, the semi-finals become a must-win for teams aiming to secure a coveted spot in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. The battles on the court continue to captivate fans, promising more thrilling moments at the 2024 AOZ Champs. Stay tuned for updates on this electrifying journey towards victory and qualification!

Day 8 Schedule – Friday 19 January 

Court 1

  • 10:30 – Women Semi-final 1  | CHN vs THA
  • 12:30 – Women Semi-final 2  | JPN vs AUS
  • 14:30 – Men Semi-final 1  | IRI vs JPN
  • 16:30 – Men Semi-final 2 | AUS vs KOR
  • 18:30 –  Men 5-8  | THA vs AFG

Court 2

  • 11:00 – Women 7-8 | LAO vs PHI
  • 13:00 – Women 5-6 | CAM vs AOZ
  • 15:00 – Men 9-11  | UAE vs NZL
  • 17:00 – Men 5-8 | CHN vs KSA

Catch all the action on the IWBF YouTube Channel and visit the event page for the schedule, results, and statistics.

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