Basel (Switzerland), October 14 – The International Handball Federation announced the schedule of matches for the 28th World Men’s Championship, to be hosted by Poland and Sweden from January 11 to 29, 2023.
Qatar Handball team, which was placed in Group E along with Germany, Serbia and Algeria, will start its journey in the tournament by meeting Germany on Friday, January 13th, and then will play its second match with Algeria on the 15th of the same month, before concluding its matches in the first round against Serbia in Jan 17.
The 32 teams participating in the tournament were divided into 8 groups, including Group A (Spain, Montenegro, Chile and Iran), Group B (France, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Slovenia), Group C (Sweden, Brazil, Cape Verde, Uruguay), and Group D (Iceland, Portugal, Hungary and South Korea). Group E (Germany, Qatar, Serbia and Algeria), Group F (Norway, North Macedonia, Argentina and the Netherlands), Group G (Egypt, Croatia, Morocco and the United States), and Group H (Denmark, Belgium, Bahrain and Tunisia).
The top three teams from each group will qualify for the second round (the main round), which will include 24 teams, which will be divided into four groups, each of which includes six teams competing among themselves in a league system of one round, with the first and second placed teams qualifying in Each group to the quarter-finals, the start of the playoffs in the tournament.
The Qatari handball team qualified for the 2023 World Championship after topping the first group in the main round of the 2022 Asian Men’s Handball Championship, which was held in Saudi Arabia last January, and crowned its title for the fifth time in a row after winning the final match over the Bahraini team with a score of 29/24.
The next participation in the World Championship will be the ninth for the Qatari team, after Portugal 2003, Tunisia 2005, Germany 2007, Spain 2013, Qatar 2015, France 2017, Germany, Denmark 2019 and Egypt 2021, while the second place in the Qatar 2015 edition was his best result in the history of his participation.
Source: Qatar Olympic Committee