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Date: 4/14/2017
 

The 2017 Men’s Youth Pan American Championships begin on Saturday with 11 teams contesting the title over a seven-day event in Santiago, Chile. The competition has grown rapidly with six nations on court at the 2015 edition to 11 teams in 2017.


The United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Mexico will all take to the court in 2017 after missing the previous event, joining defending champions Brazil, runners-up Argentina, 2015 bronze medallists Chile, Venezuela, Uruguay and Paraguay to decide not only the new title holders, but also which nations represent Pan America at the 2017 IHF Men’s Youth (U19) World Championship to be held this August in Georgia.


The Pan American Youth Championship has been adapted from the round-robin format in 2015 to a two-group preliminary phase competition, with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the semi-finals.


Argentina are the record winners of the title, having raised the trophy seven times and won five silver.


“We want to fight for the title and reach the top, because we are Argentina,” says coach Osvaldo Lopez. “Our team are good in defence. We are physically big and very dynamic. The negative part is the lack of international competition. We aim to play neatly and be well organised, defend intensely and make counter attacks – all of this leads you to victory.”


Brazil equal Argentina’s record of 12 medals, but with five gold and seven silver. No other nation has ever won the Men’s Youth Pan American or the silver medal, with Chile holding five bronze medals, Puerto Rico tallying two, and Cuba, Greenland, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela collecting one each.


The preliminary round playing groups are as follows:

Group A: Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay, Puerto Rico and Canada

Group B: Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Mexico, Costa Rica and the United States

 


More information can be found on the PTHF website and live updates will be posted on the official Twitter account here.

 

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