Tokyo, Japan, June 4, 2016 – Iran captain Mir Saeid Marouflakrani summed it all up that his team has had a difficult journey and now has made history, as they will make their-first ever appearance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games; while coach Stephane Antiga already has his focus on working towards the Olympic Games.
Iran coach Raul Lozano: “I feel immensely happy. It is special because it is a historic moment for Iran. The people of Iran have been waiting for this chance to go to the Olympics for a long time. I don’t want to talk about statistics. I'm happy with the result. We will have a party tonight to celebrate.”
Poland coach Stephane Antiga: “We are already working towards the Olympic Games, so it's a different motivation. Our players tried to do their best today. I'm satisfied with the way we played in the last two sets. Congratulations to Iran on qualifying for the Olympics.”
Iran captain Mir Saied Marouflakrani: “It's time to celebrate. It's the first time in history for Iran. I'm very happy to make the Olympics. We didn't qualify four years ago, losing out by one set to Australia and it was a bad memory for us. This might have been the last chance for some Iran players to make the Olympics. We have made history.”
Poland captain Piotr Nowakowski: “Congratulations to Iran. It was a difficult game for us. We already qualified so we could play with smiles on our faces. Iran are a good team. With two or three balls more, the result could have been different.”