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Draw held for the London 2012 Handball competitions

2012-06-01 10:03:00 London 2012

31 May 2012 - The International Handball Federation has carried out the draw for the London 2012 Handball tournament, confirming the matches for the men’s and women’s preliminary competition.


Action from the London Handball Cup part of the London Prepares series

In the women’s draw, Great Britain are grouped with Angola in a repeat of the Test Event earlier this year where Great Britain won. Twenty-four teams will compete for the two gold medals up for grabs.
 
The preliminary matches will take place in the Copper Box on the Olympic Park, the semi-finals and finals will be held at the larger Basketball Arena.
 
In the men’s competition the hosts, Great Britain, will face France (the reigning Olympic champions), Sweden, Iceland, Argentina and Tunisia. Group B is made up of Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Denmark and Korea.

The women’s draw sees Great Britain in the same group as Montenegro, Russia, Croatia, Brazil and Angola, and the reigning women's Olympic champions Norway take on Korea, Sweden, France, Denmark and Spain.

Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport at LOCOG said: ‘ Today’s draw has provided some excellent matches that will showcase this great sport during the Games in London this summer.’

This dynamic sport made a big impression during the test event in 2011, noticed for its speed and the skill of the players.

The Handball tournament begins on the 28 July with 10 days of preliminary competition. The knockout matches start on 7 August, with the women's medals awarded on 11 August, followed by the men's the next day.

The London 2012 Handball draw

Men: Group A
France
Sweden
Iceland
Great Britain
Argentina
Tunisia

Men: Group B
Spain
Croatia
Hungary
Serbia
Denmark
Korea

Women: Group A
Montenegro
Russia
Croatia
Great Britain
Brazil
Angola

Women: Group B
Norway
Spain
Denmark
France
Sweden
Korea

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