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Date: 6/18/2017
 

The 2017 Pan American Women’s Handball Championship begins on Sunday in Villa Ballester, Greater Buenos Aires, with 10 teams vying for the title. Along with the trophy to decide the champion of the continent, the Pan American Championship serves as the qualification pathway for the 23rd IHF Women’s Handball World Championship in Germany in December, with three places available.

 

“We expect to have a lot of spectators at the Women’s Pan American Championship in Buenos Aires,” says Argentinean Handball Confederation President Mario Moccia. “We want everybody to enjoy this championship, beyond the results. We have a moto which is ‘handball unites us’. In Argentina, the doors are open for the whole continent. We would like to show once again that we are a big handball family.”

 

2013 world champions Brazil will begin their campaign from Group A, taking on Puerto Rico, Paraguay, USA and Colombia, while 2015 Pan American bronze medallists Argentina play from preliminary Group B against Uruguay, Chile, Guatemala and Dominican Republic.

 

The group phase will take place from June 18 to 22, before a rest day on the 23rd followed by the semi-finals and finals on the 24th and 25th. The top two teams from each preliminary group will qualify for the semi-finals.

 

Brazil are the record winners of the Women’s Pan American title, having claimed nine gold medals from 1997 to 2015. The only championship that did not end with Brazil on top of the podium since 1997 was the 2009 event, when Argentina won the final against their long-term rivals in extra time. Argentina have claimed the silver medal five times, in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2013, before Cuba ranked second in 2015.

 

More information can be found on the official PATHF website

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