2023 Beach Handball Global Tour Finals to take place in Qatar
09 Oct. 2023
The 2023 IHF Beach Handball Global Tour Finals will take place in Doha, Qatar from 3 to 4 November.
The men’s and women’s winners in Doha will be crowned the 2023 IHF Beach Handball Global Tour champions.
The event in the Asian nation is the fourth stage of the 2023 tour and fourth continent visited, following stage 1 in South America (Maricá, Brazil), stage 2 in Africa (Hammamet, Tunisia) and stage 3 in Europe (Płock, Poland).
Winners from each of the men’s and women’s three previous stages automatically qualified for the event in Doha.
In the women’s competition, Brazil (stage 1) and Tunisia (stage 2) will be joined by Poland (third place in stage 3 after Germany and Denmark were unable to compete, and the People's Republic of China (who take the place of hosts Qatar, who do not have a women’s team currently).
China were the invited side because the Asian country will be the hosts of the 2024 IHF Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championships, as well as the World Games 2025. Taking part in the 2023 IHF Beach Handball Global Tour Finals will help China gain invaluable experience for those events in the future.
For Tunisia’s women’s team coach Hajer Ben Moussa, the event will end a busy and successful year on the sand.
“The IHF Beach Handball Global Tour in Tunisia was an opportunity for our players to progress and prepare for the African Beach Games,” she said.
“The tour also offers an opportunity for our players to gain another experience at world level and give our young players a chance.
“We played Brazil last year at the IHF Women’s Beach Handball World Championship and Poland at The World Games 2022 and look forward to playing them again.”
Each stage winner of the men’s tour will be in Doha, with Brazil (stage 1), Tunisia (stage 2) and Denmark (stage 3) joined by hosts Qatar.
“We are expecting to face a strong competition from those big names in the world of beach handball,” said Qatar’s Mohamed Zaky to ihf.info.
“These teams have won medals in world and continental champs, so it's going to be hard, but we will exciting games as well.
“All the teams, players and fans coming to Qatar can expect a very generous host people who are experienced in major handball events such as the 2015 IHF Men’s World Championship and 2019 ANOC World Beach Games. “They are really going to enjoy the country and seeing the heritage.”
For Tunisia men’s team coach Mohamed Tabboubi, Doha will provide an opportunity to test his relatively young squad against some of the global elite.
“In Doha, we will face the best teams in the world, very experienced teams with international records,” he said to IHF.info.
“It will be of a very high level, given the participation of the best European and world players, but a golden opportunity to play and improve our level, especially because we are building a fairly young - but very ambitious - team.
“This summer we had an excellent season,” he added. “We won the stage in Hammamet just after finishing second in an international friendly tournament behind France.
“We also won the gold medal of the African Games and finished fifth at the Mediterranean Games.”
The schedule for Doha will be announced on IHF.info later this week.
About the IHF Beach Handball Global Tour
The IHF Beach Handball Global Tour was launched last year at the 2022 IHF Men's and Women's Beach Handball World Championships in Greece.
It debuted in Gdansk, Poland, in July 2022, with Croatia winning the men's tournament and Spain taking the top spot in the women's tournament.
The 2023 tour has visited Brazil, Tunisia and Poland and will end in Qatar with a finals event in November.