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The draw for the 2017
Men’s Youth Pan American Championship to determine the playing groups for the
upcoming tournament in Santiago, Chile took place on Wednesday, April 5. The
2017 event sees 11 teams competing for the title from April 15 to 22, in
comparison with the 2015 edition, where six teams took to the court.
The results of the draw
are as follows:
Group A: Argentina,
Venezuela, Uruguay, Puerto Rico and Canada
Group B: Brazil, Chile,
Paraguay, Mexico, Costa Rica and the United States
The Pan American Championship will not only
determine the continent’s champion nation in the Men’s Youth category, but
serves as the qualification pathway to the 2017 IHF Men’s Youth (U19) World
Championship. The top five teams from Pan America will earn a place at the
World Championship in Georgia this summer.
The draw pots were allocated based on performance
at the 2013 and 2015 continental events, with 2015 champions Brazil and runners-up
Argentina in row one, bronze medallists Chile and fourth-ranked Venezuela in
row two, and Paraguay and Uruguay in row three. The United States, Canada,
Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Mexico did not participate in the previous editions
of the tournament and were therefore collectively considered row four.