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Date: 7/17/2018

This Thursday (19 July) will see a grand opening ceremony take place as the XXXIII Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018 (CACG) gets underway in Barranquilla, Colombia.


The following day (Friday 20 July) will see the women’s handball competition commence with five matchdays taking place over six days, ending with finals day on Wednesday 25 July.


The men’s competition will then start on Friday 27 July, before ending on Wednesday 1 August.

Eight men’s and eight women’s teams will play in their respective competitions with all games being held at the Sagrado Corazon de Jesus School Coliseum.


As hosts, Colombia have teams in both the men’s and women’s competitions with other teams qualifying through the 2017 Caribbean Cup and 2017 Central American Games.


Both tournaments will consist of two groups of four teams each, with those teams finishing in first and second in each group going through to the semi-finals, while those finishing in third and fourth place going into the 5-8 Placement Round.


Handball started at the CACG back in 1993 in Puerto Rico and then featured in 2002 (San Salvador, El Salvador), 2005 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), 2010 (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico) and 2014 (Veracruz, Mexico).


Puerto Rico are the men’s title holders, having beaten Dominican Republic 37:27 in 2014, while Cuba are the women’s title holders, having beaten Puerto Rico 32:18.


Men’s Tournament

Colombia (COL) are joined by Puerto Rico (PUR), Cuba (CUB), Dominican Republic (DOM), Mexico (MEX), Guatemala (GUA), Costa Rica (CRC) and Honduras (HON).


Women’s Tournament

Alongside hosts Colombia (COL), Mexico (MEX), Puerto Rico (PUR), Dominican Republic (DOM), Cuba (CUB), Guatemala (GUA), Costa Rica (CRC) and Nicaragua (NCA) will participate.


All three medallists in both the men’s and women’s competitions will automatically qualify through to the 2019 Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru.


For more information about the event visit www.barranquilla2018.com, for more information about the handball competitions visit http://barranquilla2018.com/en/deportes/balonmano/.