From 1 to 12 October 2018, the third edition of
the Youth Olympic Games will be staged in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For the
first time, beach handball is on the Olympic programme and thus the
International Handball Federation organises the first Men’s and Women’s U17
Beach Handball World Championships to determine the teams to take part in
Buenos Aires 2018.
2017 U17 Beach Handball World Championships will take place in Mauritius, more
precisely on one of the longest sandy beaches of the island: the Flic en flac
beach. From 11 to 16 July, the teams from Europe, Asia, Africa, Pan America and
Oceania will fight for the trophy and a spot at the Youth Olympic Games.
following teams are already qualified:
Men’s youth: MRI,
THA, TPE, PAK, ESP, POR, ITA, RUS
Women’s youth: MRI,
CHN, THA, TPE, NED, ESP, POR, NOR
European and Asian countries qualified at their respective championships in
2016, whereas the Pan American (4 teams in each gender), Oceanian (2 teams in
each gender) and African teams (2 teams in each gender) are still to be
first teams to qualify came from Europe. In the Portuguese town of Nazare, 16
men’s and women’s teams each hit the beach from 8 to 10 July 2016. In the final
of the men’s competition, the Spain beat hosts Portugal 2:1 and Italy secured
bronze with a 2:0 victory over Russia. In the women’s competition, the Dutch
women’s team defeated Spain clearly 2:0, while hosts Portugal ranked third by
beating Norway 2:1.
10 to 16 August 2016, five men’s and four women’s teams fought for the Asian
Youth Beach Handball Championship trophy and a spot at the U17 Beach Handball
World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. While Thailand claimed gold by
beating Chinese Taipei 2:0 in the final of the men’s competition, the winners
of the match for third place were determined by shoot-outs, in which Pakistan
defeated Qatar 2:1 in the end. In the women’s tournament, China topped the
podium with a 2:0 win over Hong Kong, while hosts Thailand claimed bronze
defeating Chinese Taipei after shoot-outs 2:1.
next beach handball event to come are the Men’s
and Women’s Youth Pan American Beach Handball Championships, which will
take place in Paraguay’s capital Asuncion from 21 to 25 February 2017.
Oceania’s qualification event will be staged from 2 to 5 May in Cook Islands.