Denmark, Sweden and Poland to host handball qualifiers for Rio 2016

The International Handball Federation (IHF) has named Denmark, Sweden and Poland as hosts of three tournaments to determine the final qualifiers for the men’s national team event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The field of participants for the tournaments was confirmed following the conclusion of the 2016 EHF European Handball Championship in Poland and the African Men’s Championship in Egypt.

The Men’s Olympic Qualification Tournaments will now take place from April 8-10, with the IHF Executive Committee nominating Gdansk (Poland), Malmo (Sweden) and Herning (Denmark) as hosts. All three countries have experience in organising major handball championships.

The host nations will be joined by three other teams in each of the respective tournaments. Poland will compete against Macedonia, Chile and Tunisia; Sweden will face Spain, Slovenia and Iran; and Denmark will take on Croatia, Norway and Bahrain.

The top two teams from each group will advance to Rio 2016. Brazil, France, Argentina, Qatar, Germany and Egypt have already sealed their places at this year’s Olympic Games.