Qeshm, Iran, January 6, 2020 - One qualifying match will be played here Tuesday in the inaugural Dargahan Cup as Iran hosts its second of three FIVB World Tour events on the 2019-2020 international beach volleyball calendar.
With 17 entries for the men's-only FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event, host Iran will have eight of the 16 teams in the Main Draw as the teams in Tuesday’s qualifier are from the host country. The only qualifying match will pit fifth-seeded Mohammadreza Malekshahi/Zargham Mansouri playing fourth-seeded Omid Gharahassanlou/Armin Kami.
Advancing to the main draw from the Dargahan Cup qualifier are top-seeded Mohammad Sadeghi/Amir Shoushtarizadeh, second-seeded Bahman Gholipoury/Aghamohammad Salagh and third-seeded Peiman Dargahi/Vahid Nikoufar.
After qualifying and main draw pool play, the Dargahan Cup features two rounds of elimination bracket play Thursday followed by the semifinals and medal matches Friday.
The 2019 portion of the 2019-2020 World Tour schedule also began in Iran when Bandar Torkaman hosted an event at the start of October where Thailand's Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud captured the gold medal at the men's-only tournament.
The third Iranian event is also an inaugural men's only tournament and will be held March 3-7 in Bandar Abbas, which is a two-hour ferry ride north of Qeshm on the southern coast of mainland Iran.