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Date: 3/1/2013
 

Like in the first edition in Singapore 2010, handball is part of the official programme of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. In total 12 teams – six men’s youth and women’s youth teams each - will participate at the handball tournament. The 2nd Youth Olympic Games will take place from 16-28 August 2014 in Nanjing, China, eligible for men’s and women’s youth born in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The handball tournament will be played by teams consisting of 14 players each. In 2010 Egypt (men) and Denmark (women) had become the first ever Youth Olympic champions in handball.

Now the International Olympic Committee has approved the qualification process for the YOG handball tournament 2014. Host China has to decide until 1 June 2013 whether they participate in the men’s or the women’s tournament. The remaining 11 places will be allocated according to the results of the following qualification tournaments to be staged all over the world in 2013 and 2014:

 

Women’s Youth Continental Qualification events:
Women’s Youth European Championships in Poland (15 - 25 August 2013)
AHF Youth Olympic Games Qualification in Nanjing, China (16 - 24 August 2013)
African Continental Championships (August/September 2013)
Pan-American Continental Championships (April 2014)
Oceania qualification event (2014)

 

Men’s Youth Continental Qualification events:
European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands (14 - 19 July 2013)
AHF Youth Olympic Games Qualification in Nanjing, China (16 - 24 August 2013)
African Continental Championships (March 2014)
Pan-American Continental Championships (April 2014)
Oceania qualification event (2014)

 

Per continent a maximum of two teams per gender can qualify for the Youth Olympic Games  handball tournaments. Another qualification criteria is that the NOC needs to be among the Top 40 nations (in the referring gender) in the world. And furthermore each NOC is entitled to be represented only by one team per gender in all YOG team sports (handball, football, hockey and rugby). If the NOC qualifies for more than one team sport, they have to announce to the IOC and to the IHF which sport they choose.
If any places should remain due to the fact that NOCs do not fulfil the qualification criteria or if the qualified NOC withdraw from their participating in handball, as they have chosen a different team sport, the place will be allocated to the continent of the defending World Youth Champion – which is Europe for the women’s, as Denmark is the current World Champion. The respective Men’s Youth World Championship will be staged in Hungary in August 2013. In case this continent is already represented by two teams in this gender, the place will be allocated to the next ranked continent, which has not reached the maximum quota. 

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