Everything is ready at the Tun Razak Hockey Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as the IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships KL 2017 get underway.
Six teams are looking to win the title of Asian Champions and book a slot at next year’s world championships in Madrid, Spain. The teams have been drawn into two groups of three, with the top two teams in each pool progressing to Saturday’s semi-finals.
All matches will be streamed live on Facebook by R.AGE
Four times champions China and Thailand will have the honour of getting the ball rolling tomorrow morning as play begins, with the inaugural match kicking off at 09:30 local time. Reigning champions Iran and Korea will open group B at 11:30.
09:30 China v Thailand
11:30 Iran v Korea
09:30 Iran v Malaysia
11:30 China v Japan
09:30 Japan v Thailand
11:30 Korea v Malaysia
09:30 Semi-final 1
11:30 Semi-final 2
9:30 5th-6th place play-off
11:30 3rd-4th place play-off
17:30 Closing Ceremony
Caption: IBSA officials, LOC staff members and team representatives pose for a group photo after the technical meeting.
The IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships KL 2017 are the seventh such championships in the continent. The event is hosted by the Malaysian Blind Sports Association
IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships – history of the tournament
Year Venue Champions
2005 Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) Japan
2007 Seoul (South Korea) China
2009 Tokyo (Japan) China
2011 Sendai (Japan) China
2013 Beijing (China) China
2015 Tokyo (Japan) Iran
2017 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
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Caption: Poster for the IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships KL 2017.