Ardabil, Iran: Qatar lost to hosts Iran 0-3 to finish third in Pool A of the Asian qualifiers of 2018 FIVB World Championship.
Qatar started off well, but they failed to keep their momentum and lost 22-25, 19-25, 19-25.
With China beating South Korea, Qatar’s hopes for getting one of the two berths was virtually over.
The hosts, who did not even drop a set, finished unbeaten in the five-team pool and qualified for the worlds, along with China who qualified from the single round robin tournament to the 2018 World Championship, which will be jointly hosted by .
Iran will be competing at the competition, jointly hosted by Italy and Bulgaria next year, for the fourth-straight time and sixth overall, after their debut in 1970 while China will be making their 14th appearance in the FIVB’s flagship competition after they first took part in 1956.
Japan and Australia claimed the other two berths available as Asian entries through a qualification tournament held in Canberra last month.