With the Para Asian Games rapidly approaching, Iranian table tennis players finished a training camp in Tehran yesterday. It was the second of four scheduled camps.
Iran is not a traditional regional power in the sport. South Korea and China are the dominant teams in the region. The most recent ITTF rankings do not have any ranked sitting Iranian men. In the men’s standing classes, Mahdi Hatefi Ardekani is ranked 243rd in the world, Hossein Jafari Nostratabad is ranked 257th, and Nazemi Sadegh is ranked 268th. In women’s sitting, Maryam Gilanilarimi is ranked 73rd in the world and Maryam Alizadehmehdimahaleh is ranked 98th. In women’s standing, Fatemeh Mohammadi is ranked 54th in the world. None of these competitors were part of the Iranian team at the 2010 Para Asian Games, nor at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
The Para Asian Games are scheduled to take place in Incheon, South Korea in late October of this year. The inaugural Para Asian Games took place in 2010 in China, and Iran sent one of the largest delegation with 162 athletes. From a team of eight players, Iranian won a pair of medals, a silver and a bronze, at the competition.