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Disappointing Korea play Thailand for 7th-8th place playoff

Tehran, Iran, August 7, 2015 – World No16 Korea, which managed to finish second in the previous edition in Dubai, the UAE two years ago, failed to make their mark in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship when they suffered a bitter 25-21 15-25, 19—25 16-25 loss to Chinese Taipei to eventually battle it out with Thailand for the seventh place.

Chinese Taipei’s coach, Ke-Chou Chen: “I told my players to enjoy the match and use every single opportunity in an effort of beating the Koreans. Korea stepped in here to take the championship, but they were so disappointed with some losses. Instead, we are satisfied with this stages of the 5th-8th ranking. So we played more comfortably without any tension.”

Chinese Taipei’s captain, Chien-Chen Chen: “We were so motivated to finish from fifth to eighth places. This is a good position for us. It’s what made us fight more with motivation to take the win.

Korea’s coach, Yonhkwon Moon: “We lost our goal. Our goal was to be among the top four teams. After losing to Japan, we lost motivation. Losing our motivation made us not try for this game and my players were also losing steam. We just sticked to our chance. We know we have a difficult job to qualify for the Olympic Games. But we still have a year and will try our best.

Korea’s captain, Youngmin Kwon: “It was a tough match. We were tired from the previous match and couldn’t stop Chinese Taipei’s quick game.”

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