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Date: 5/26/2016

Eagerly awaited by handball fans from all over the world, the match schedule for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games handball tournaments, taking place from 6 to 21 August, has been released.


In the women’s competition Brazil, full of confidence on home ground, joined Group A which includes the London 2012 gold, silver and bronze medallists Norway, Montenegro and Spain and Romania who showed an impressive performance at the 2015 Women’s World Championship where they ranked third. In the men’s competition, we are all looking forward to the remake of the Qatar 2015 World Championship final between reigning Olympic and world champions France and Qatar who were placed in one group together with London 2012 bronze medallists Croatia and reigning European champions Germany.


The Rio 2016 Olympic Games handball tournaments will be opened on 6 August with the women’s competition. And already the first day promises thrilling matches. Right in their opening match hosts and 2013 World Champions Brazil will have to face their probably biggest challenge: reigning Olympic, world and European champions Norway. They are followed by Denmark 2015 runners-up Netherlands vs France – both teams met in the 2015 World Championship Quarter-Finals and the Olympic Qualification Tournament in March with Netherlands emerging victorious in both matches. In addition London 2012 runners-up Montenegro will face Spain who won bronze that year. In the women’s competition, Day 7 (12 August) promises another thrilling encounter with Montenegro playing Norway.


The men’s tournament starts on 7 August with the handball nation Croatia facing Qatar, the dominating team in Asia. Right afterwards London 2012 silver medallists Sweden will play reigning European champions Germany. On Day 4 (9 August), record world champions France will meet Qatar, their opponents of the 2015 World Championship final. Croatia will play France on Day 8 (13 August). Even though it is said that Group B is the ‘easier’ group it will be no walk in the park for the hosts who have to face the teams from Germany, Sweden, Poland, Slovenia and Egypt.


The Preliminary Rounds end on 14 (women) and 15 August (men) and are followed by the Quarter-Finals, starting on 16 (women) and 17 August (men). The Semi-Finals will be held on 18 and 19 August.


The Olympic women’s tournament comes to an end on 20 August, whereas the men crown their champions on 21 August.


You can find the complete schedule under the following link: