Tehran, Aug 18 : Iran started the 20th Asian Women's Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 defeat to hosts South Korea on Sunday.
Team Melli was defeated by South Korea in straight sets 25-17, 25-9, 25-14 at the 13,500-seater Jamsil Indoor Stadium, the main competition venue for Pool A.
Iran will meet Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, Kazakhstan beat Australia 3-0 while defending champions Japan swept India 3-0. Thailand triumped over Chinese Taipei 3-1 in Pool C and China smashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in Pool D.
The top eight teams of the ongoing Asian Women's Volleyball Championship will qualify for the regional Olympic qualification tournament to be held in 2020.