Men’s Olympic tournament completed: Spain, Sweden, Croatia, Iceland, Serbia and Hungary qualified for London 2012
London calling for six more European teams
After the three Olympic Qualification Tournaments in Alicante, Gothenburg and Varazdin came to an end on Sunday, all 12 teams participating at the Men’s Handball tournament of the 2012 Olympic Games in London (28 July – 12 August) are known.
In Alicante hosts Spain (winner) and Serbia qualified for the Olympics, in Varazdin host Croatia (winner) and Iceland booked their tickets and in Gothenburg host Sweden (winner) and Hungary earned the berth to the Olympics.
They will join teams previously qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games; Great Britain (hosts), France (World champion), Korea (Asian representative), Tunisia (African champion), Argentina (Pan American representative), Denmark (European champion).
The Olympic tournament will be played in two Preliminary Round groups with six teams in each, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and medal matches – in contrast to the playing system in 2008 in Beijing there will be no placement matches for the ranking 5-8.
The seeding list for the Preliminary Round draw on 30 May in London is as follows:
The final six places of the Women’s Olympic Tournament will be decided in three Qualification Tournaments in Lyon (France), Guadalajara (Spain) and Herning (Denmark) on 25 – 27 May.
Currently those six teams have already qualified; Great Britain (host), Norway (World champion), Korea (Asian representative), Angola (African champion), Brazil (Pan American representative), Sweden (European representative).
Result summary of all Men’s Olympic Qualification Tournaments:
Tournament I in Alicante:
Tournament II in Gothenburg:
Tournament III in Varazdin:
All statistics, reports and statements of the qualification tournaments on www.ihf.info.
TEXT: Björn Pazen
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