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Date: 2/21/2018

After signing the hosting contract back in November 2016 during the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Doha, Qatar welcomes the 24th edition of the ISF World Schools Championship Handball.


The tournament for 16-18 year olds (born in 2000, 2001 and 2002) opens tomorrow (22 February) in the capital city and will run until next Wednesday (28 February).


Teams, countries and groups

For the first time in 24 editions, the championship takes place outside of Europe and the competition is set to be fierce with 19 girls and 18 boys teams from 21 countries across Africa, Asia, Pan America and Europe competing for glory.


Morocco (MAR) are the sole representative from Africa, while Brazil (BRA) will fly the flag for Pan America. Hosts Qatar (QAT) will represent Asia.


Europe is the dominant continent with 18 countries travelling to Asia, including Austria (AUT), Belgium (BEL), Bulgaria (BUL), Croatia (CRO), Czech Republic (CZE), Denmark (DEN), France (FRA), Georgia (GEO), Germany (GER), Greece (GRE), Hungary (HUN), Israel (ISR), Poland (POL), Romania (ROU), Serbia (SRB), Slovenia (SLO), Sweden (SWE) and Turkey (TUR).


The preliminary round, from 22-25 February, sees both boys and girls competitions split over four groups each – Group A, B, C and D.


In the boys draw, DEN, AUT, POL, MAR and QAT are in Group A, while Group B features FRA, CRO, SRB and BUL. Group C has TUR, BRA, GRE and BEL and Group D consists of GER, CZE, ROU, ISR and GEO.


In the girls draw, Group A features TUR, GER, ROU, BUL and ISR while Group B has HUN, AUT, SRB and CZE. Group C consists of SLO, BRA, SWE, GRE and POL, Group D has DEN, FRA, CRO, BEL and GEO.



Daouda Karaboue, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic, and 2009 IHF Men’s World Championship gold medallist goalkeeper for France is one of the events’ three ambassadors. Karaboue works extensively with the younger French national teams as goalkeeping coach, combining this with club and coaching work across the world, including setting up his own team in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, DK Coeur Afrique.


Most recently, he was with the young French men’s team in Morocco as they won the 2018 MHC Men’s Mediterranean Handball Championships at the weekend.


Former Poland and German handball player and coach Bogdan Wenta is also an ambassador. One of Poland’s finest ever players and coaches in the sport, Wenta’s playing career (1978-2002) saw him play for FC Barcelona and SG Flensburg-Handewitt most notably, winning numerous titles.


As a coach (2001-2014), a highlight was the silver medal at the 2007 IHF Men’s World Championship with Poland. Wenta is now a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).


Making up the trio of ambassadors is Qatar national team and Al Ahli player, Bertrand Roine.


Previous Tournaments

The ISWF World Schools Handball Championships started back in 1973 in Dijon, France, before being held in Germany (1974), Israel (1976), Italy (1978), Denmark (1980), Italy (1982), France (1984), Sweden (1986, 1988), Israel (1990), Denmark (1992), Germany (1994), Austria (1996), Czech Republic (1998), France (2000), Greece (2002), Hungary (2004), France (2006), Denmark (2008), Portugal (2010), Croatia (2012), Turkey (2014) and France (2016).


To view previous World Schools Handball Championships events, visit http://www.isfsports.org/handball.


2016 Championship

Last time out, at the 23rd edition, held from 11-19 March in Rouen, France, Hungary won the girls competition and Turkey won the boys competition in an event which was attended by IHF President, Dr Hassan Moustafa.


Watch and follow live

The 2018 ISF World Schools Championship Handball can be followed through the ISF social media channels: ISF WSC Handball Facebook, ISF Twitter and ISF Instagram. The official hashtags for social media are #ISFWSC2018 and #handball.


All matches (22-26 February) from the Al-Attiyah Sport Centre (Central Court) will be streamed live on ISF Facebook as well as IHF Facebook and www.ihf.info while the semi-finals and final matches (27-28 February) will be also broadcast live on the Olympic Channel.

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