Olympic Modern Pentathlon: Test events for Tokyo Olympic Games begin in full swing

The test events for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics started in full swing on Thursday as the Pentathlon World Cup Final opened as the games’ first official dress rehearsal of the year. Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platform for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Modern Pentathlon fans can book Olympic Modern Pentathlon Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on a discounted price.

The four-day Olympic modern pentathlon competition opened at Tokyo’s Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, also one of the sports venues at the Olympic 2020 next year. More than 70 athletes from over 20 countries will compete here to get a feel for next summer’s setup and competition.

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In the main, the test events are detained at Olympic 2020 and Paralympic venues in a bid to checkered and improve processes by checking gear and holding staff exercise. In addition to the sailing and water polo tests prearranged last year, a total of 56 events will be held finished next May.

The managers will also stress checking their countermeasures in illogicality of Japan’s brutal summer warmth at five outdoor test events beach volleyball, triathlon, boat, hockey, and marathon.

The Pentathlon WC Final has two 36-competitor fields of men and women, who have fit through the positions based on four WC events this season. The two individual winners will earn involuntary Tokyo Olympic berths.

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“I am very eager to compete here to see how it works, to get a feeling, and perhaps to get a bit of this Olympic soul because this is the twitch of our qualification,” supposed Annika Schley of Germany, the silver medalist at the 2018 world championships.

The Olympic modern pentathlon test will be followed by six test actions in July, including the Japan Open badminton contests and four events theatrical by the Tokyo 2020 establishing group.

“Not all international federations have this capability but we are in this state. I think all of the athletes are very satisfied to compete here,” said Klaus Schormann, the president of modern pentathlon’s governing body, UIPM.

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Olympic Modern pentathlon is a game in which athletes contest in fencing, swimming, equestrian, and laser run a mixture of shooting and running. Its constituent events will be held at both Musashino Forest Game Plaza and Tokyo Stadium during the Olympic 2020.

In its place of using Tokyo Stadium himself this time, some of this World Cup Final’s events will take place at AGF Field within the stadium’s compound. Tokyo Olympic will obtain berths in the men’s and women’s Olympic 2020 events as the host country.

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“Rival here gives me the incentive to return to this venue over next year,” said Olympic modern pentathlete Shino Yamanaka. “I was very anxious to compete here, but being here lets me notice what I need to work on.”

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Olympic Hockey: What happens next for the Tokyo Olympic Games?

Great Britain’s women’s and men’s teams have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after winning their FIH Olympic 2020 Qualifiers in London. Olympic followers from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympics Hockey followers can book Olympic Hockey Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.

Here are the details as we have them for the games in Tokyo Olympic.

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When do the games take place?


The men’s event takes place from Sat 25 July to Thu 6 August 2020. The women’s tournament runs one day longer, until Fri 7 August.

When is the scheduled announced?


The full schedule will be published in December.

Who are qualified for the games?

Women’s tournament: Japan, Argentina, South Africa, Netherlands, and New Zealand all qualified after winning their continental championships (Japan also qualified as hosts). Then Great Britain, Australia, China, Germany, India, Spain, and Ireland secured their spots via the two-legged qualifiers. All of the top ten sides in the world will be in Japan.

Men’s tournament: Japan, Argentina, South Africa, Belgium, and Australia all qualified after winning their continental championships (Japan also qualified as hosts). Canada, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, and Great Britain all secured their spots through the qualifiers. As with the women’s, the top ten-ranked men’s sides in the world have all qualified.

How is the tournament structured?

There will be two pools, each with six teams. The top four teams in each pool progress to the quarter-finals and there are then semifinals, plus a final and bronze medal match. Men’s teams are set to play five pool matches in seven days, while women’s teams play five in eight days. The hockey tournament is one of the longest across all Olympic games.

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How will the teams in each pool be decided, is there a draw?

The pools will be unwavering on world ranking – there is not a draw.

How many players are in each squad?

Olympic teams only contain 16 players (plus two non-playing reserves) as opposed to the 18 we normally choose from in other tournaments.

Where will games take place?

All matches will be at Oi Hockey Stadium, which has been described as the most sustainable in Olympic history. There are two pitches which hold up to 10,000 and 5,000 fans correspondingly. The turf was designed to support Tokyo’s carbon-neutral targets as well as the International Hockey Federation’s commitments to sustainable hockey.

How has GB performed at the previous Olympics?


The women will take to the pitch in Tokyo as reigning Olympic champions, having famously beaten The Netherlands via a shootout to take a dramatic gold in Rio 2016. That followed a bronze medal on home turf in London 2012. Women’s hockey wasn’t included the last time the Olympics visited Tokyo Olympic back in 1964, while their only other medal was a bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Sports.

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GB’s men will be hoping to finish significantly higher than their ninth-place finish from Rio 2016 and have experienced Olympic success in East Asia, having secured a famous gold at Seoul ’88. They will also be hoping to commemorate the centenary of their first Olympic title (England won the inaugural event in 1908) as they took the title during the 1920 Antwerp Games. They have also claimed silver in London in 1948 and bronzes in 1952 (Helsinki) and 1984 (LA).

Which games will GB play before the Olympics?

The FIH Pro League returns in 2020, with away sports starting in Australia in February. In May and June, we have four big weekends of Pro League hockey in London, with some big sides coming to these shores, including defending men’s Olympic champions Argentina and powerhouses India. Seven of the eight teams coming to London next year will also be in Tokyo Olympic. 

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Olympic Handball: Hosts Qatar secure top spot in Group A at Asian men’s handball Tokyo Olympic qualifier

Hosts Qatar beat Saudi Arabia today to secure first place in Group A at the Asian Men’s Handball Olympic Qualification Tournament for Tokyo 2020. Olympic followers from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Handball followers can book Olympic Handball tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.

Both teams came into the match with a perfect record from their opening two games, but it was the home nation that triumphed 29-20 at the Duhail Handball Sports Hall in Doha. The result means Qatar will face Group B runners-up in the semi-finals, while Saudi Arabia plays the Group B winners.

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Group B action is due to conclude tomorrow with leaders Bahrain facing closest challengers South Korea and third-placed Iran going up against Kuwait. Today’s other Group A match saw India defeat Hong Kong 32-29. India will go on to contest the fifth-place playoff, while Hong Kong will feature in the seventh-place playoff.

Both games are scheduled to take place on Friday (October 25), a day after the semi-finals.  The medal matches are set for Saturday (October 26).

Overall victory in the eight-team tournament will ensure qualification for Tokyo Olympic Games. The runners-up have another chance to book a berth at the International Handball Federation qualification tournaments in April.

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Bahrain will play in the men’s handball tournament at the Olympic Games for the first time, after beating South Korea in the final of the Asian qualifier in Doha. South Korea, the red-hot favorites to secure the single Tokyo Olympic Games berth on offer at the competition at Duhail Handball Sports Hall, led 15-13 at half-time.

But Bahrain roared back in the second half to record a shock 34-29 win. The victory sends Bahrain directly to next year’s Olympic 2020 Games in the Japanese capital and consigns South Korea to the International Handball Federation qualification tournaments in April.

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Bahrain will make their Olympic debut and finished this year’s World Championship in 2019. They were beaten by Doha in the final of the 2018 Asian Championship. In the third-place play-off, hosts Qatar ended the tournament on a high with a 31-21 win over Saudi Arabia.

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Olympic hockey test event earns unanimous praise from FIH

India won both the men’s and women’s finals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic hockey test event, but it is the International Hockey Federation’s verdict on the venue that will please the organizers most.  The main purpose of the event was to test the operations being put in place for next year, as well as the facilities. Olympic Hockey fans from all over the world can purchase Olympic Hockey Tickets online.

The FIH claims one of the greatest learning’s is that the newly-built Oi Hockey Stadium “brilliantly passed the test and earned unanimous praise from teams and officials. The Oi Hockey Stadium is a remarkable facility to boost the development of hockey in Japan,” FIH chief executive Thierry Weil said.

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I invite all hockey fans to come and see matches in this venue and urge them to invite families and friends to come and share their passion. Due to the nature of the test event, there were no ranking points at stake.

“It has not only been a great tournament with eight fantastic teams but also a perfect opportunity to test pre-tournament and match protocols, and to see what set-up will be in place for the technical team at Tokyo 2020 Olympic,” Tammy Standley and Christian Deckenbrock, both FIH technical delegates for the event, said.

The FIH also launched its official Gift of Hockey campaign, inspired by the concept of omotenashi, a cornerstone of Japan’s culture.

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“We are very satisfied with the operations put in place by TOCOG for this event,” said Tayyab Ikram.

An FIH Executive Board member, an International Olympic Committee Commission member, and chief executive of the Asian Hockey Federation. Of course, some areas require some improvement which is very normal at this stage of the process but nothing which is causing us any major concern.

This is very encouraging for next year’s Olympic tournaments. Now, it is of paramount importance that the Japanese community takes the opportunity of the Olympic Games to bring hockey in Japan into a new dimension.

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On the pitch, the men’s final saw India avenge their pool-stage loss against New Zealand by beating the Kiwis 5-0. The goalmouths came courtesy of Harmanpreet Singh, Singh Shamsher, Nilakanta Sharma, Gursahibjit Singh, and Mandeep Singh.

“It was a good opportunity for us to play in a semi-final and a final,” India’s coach Graham Reid said. Indeed, we called yesterday’s match a semi-final because that’s what it was. So it’s a good practice for those sorts of games.”

Hosts Japan finished third after defeating Malaysia 6-1 in the bronze medal match. India’s happiness doubled a few hours later when their women’s team overcame Japan 2-1, thanks to goals from Navjot Kaur and Lalremsiami.

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Minami Shimizu scored for Japan to cancel out Kaur’s opener but it was not to be for the home nation, who lost to India by the same scoreline as they did in the pool stage.

“For us, this event was very important to prepare for the FIH Hockey Olympic qualifiers and getting every match better,” India’s coach Sjoerd Marijne said. I think we did that. We reached a very good level in the last two matches.”

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From the Olympic Beijing 2008 to Tokyo Olympic 2020

With two Olympic gold medals, three European championship titles and six world championship titles, the men’s French handball team has the best track record in the world. Olympic Handball Followers from all over the world can book Olympic Handball tickets online.

Nicknamed “les experts”, they reached the sport’s summit by winning the Olympic gold medal in Beijing on 24 august 2008, and have remained there ever since. Their sights are currently set on qualifying for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as they continue down the path to victory.

The road was long, but France became the best handball team in the world, winning the largest ever a number of titles through a series of unprecedented achievements. The team that scaled to the peak of the world’s rankings didn’t even take part in the Olympic Games from the sport’s introduction onto the Olympic program, at Munich 1972, up to, and including, Seoul 1988.

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France finally qualified for the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992, where their journey and joie de vivre drew particular attention.

Claude Onesta came on board as their new coach. Under him, France became the best in the world. They were a consistent presence atop podiums in both the World and European Championships, but an Olympic medal remained elusive; they placed sixth at the Olympic 2020 Games Sydney 2000 and then suffered defeat to Russia in the quarter-finals at Athens 2004, where Richardson was the French delegation’s flag bearer.

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“Les Bleus” focused on a new generation of talented players, including goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer and players Nikola Karabatic, Daniel Narcisse, Luc Abalo, Didier Dinart, Olivier Girault, Mikael Guigou, Jérôme Fernandez, Guillaume Gille, and Bertrand Gille, among others. They won the European Championship for the first time in Switzerland in 2006.

“LES EXPERTS” TRAMPLE EVERYONE IN THEIR PATH

At the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, captain Girault led his team-mates down a glorious path to victory. Back at the Olympic Village, the team’s events were the common link drawing the entire French delegation together; the handballers played throughout the Games’ entire duration, while other athletes mostly competed in one-day competitions.

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“We reached the highest level of handball in the world. It’s magic. We feel like we did our duty. For me, personally, this was the only title I hadn’t won. It’s an amazing victory. The team played spectacularly during the Games. We had the match in the bag early on because we took them seriously. We won easily,” observed Dinar.

“I’m happy. I relish it because there had been previous disappointments, such as in Sydney or Athens. It is the victory of sacrifice. The team deserved the title,” added Girault. With their first Olympic gold medal came a new nickname, which is still in effect 11 years later: “Les Experts”.

This continued with their fourth World Championship win, at the 2011 finals in Sweden, where they beat Denmark. After a setback in January 2012 at the European Championship in Serbia, where they were eliminated in the second round, they bounced back eight months later, becoming the first handball team to retain an Olympic title.

Once again, they held all the major titles at once. At the Olympic Games Rio 2016, “Les Experts” reached the final for the third time in a row, and were strong favorites against Denmark. Led by a fired-up Mikkel Hansen, however, the Danes proved insurmountable and won the match 28-26.

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Didier Dinart replaced Claude Onesta as the coach of the French team, leading “Les Experts” to an unprecedented sixth World Championship in 2017 in Qatar.

During the period from 2001 to 2017, Thierry Omeyer — who was named the best goalkeeper of all time by the International Handball Federation (IHF) — won 10 gold medals (European, world, Olympic), while Nikola Karabatic, Michaël Guigou, Daniel Narcisse and Jérome Fernandez claimed nine. “Les Experts” became the best squad in the history of world handball.

What now? France was bronze medalists at the 2018 European Championship, but at the 2019 World Championship, held in January in Germany and Denmark, they missed out on directly qualifying for the Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo. That honor went to Denmark, who won the World Championship for the very first time after 22 attempts.

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The 2020 European Championship winner will also qualify for the Olympic Games. If Denmark wins, the Olympic spot will go to the losing finalists. If France does not win the 2020 European Championship, their third-place win at the 2019 World Championship will make them eligible to take part in one of three Olympic qualifying tournaments scheduled for April 2020, where the two best teams will book their spot at the Tokyo Games.

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Olympic 2020 – U.S. handball teams defeat Canada in Pan-American Qualifiers

Cheers and chants of “USA” sounded across the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum as the men’s and women’s handball USA sides reigned victorious over the Canadian National Teams. Christian Latulippe, head coach of the women’s USA Side Handball, said the matches were important as the team reaches toward its Olympic 2020 goals. Olympic Handball Followers from all over the world can book Olympic Handball tickets online.

“It’s such an influential and exciting game, and it was really fun to feel the intensity of what was happening on the court.”

Mutually handball matches took place in the coliseum on Sunday, at 3 p.m. for the women’s and 5 p.m. for the men’s. The women’s side won against Canada with a score of 22-20, and the men’s side was also successful with a score of 36-24. 

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On the women’s USA Side Handball, Nicole Andersen led the way with eight goals, while Kathy Darling and Jensen Rhoads followed up with four goals each. 

By way of for the USA Men’s Side, Aboubakar Fofana led the side with nine goals. Ty Reed scored eight goals and Gary Hines with seven. 

Fofana, who was the receiver of the MVP Award for the men’s game, labeled the audience as invigorating for him.

“This is the first time in seven years that I have frolicked in the U.S.,” Fofana said. “Seeing all of the excited and active people in the crowd gave us the energy and sureness we needed to do our best.” 

 “We’re playing for the Pan-American Sports, which is the first leg for the Olympics 2020,” Latulippe said. “Now we need to finish the job in Canada, which will require a lot of sacrifices and good execution, but I think that we can get it done.”   

Mutually the men’s and women’s USA handball sides will face off beside Canada once more in Montreal, Canada, Wednesday, to control which nation will loan to the Pan-American Sports. 

The winner of the series will be the North American representative of the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru, where the victor will qualify for the Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan. 

Auburn inhabitants of all ages met to watch the national sides square off against each other to express their provision for the national sides. Ashley Van Ryn, a USA Side Handball supporter labeled the event with respect. 

“This was unbelievable to watch,” Van Ryn said, robed in red, white and blue. “It’s such a powerful and exciting game, and it was really fun to feel the strength of what was trendy on the court.”

The Auburn Opelika Handball Club, an organization advanced earlier this year to stand-in physical health among basic and middle school children, seemed on the court during the halftime eras to play a short game of handball to showcase to the crowd.

Kristin Roberts, manager of outreach packages at Auburn University, supposed attendees could donate dissimilar foods in its place of paying an admission fee for the sports. 

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“We touched out to the East Alabama Food Bank, so rather than accusing admission, we’re just tolerant non-perishable food matters as donations to give back to the public,” Roberts said.

USA Side Handball also sold T-shirts as a part of their fundraising program. The earnings from the T-shirt sales will go to the men’s and women’s USA Side Handball’s food, lodging and travel costs as the sides compete, Roberts said.

The School of Kinesiology in Auburn’s College of Education has been joined with the men’s and women’s USA Side Handball for about five years. The school arranges misgivings and amenities, endorses the sides’ events and ropes the athletes however they can. 

“We had great care from the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University,” Latulippe supposed. “Anytime we can come here and have an authorized match in front of a few hundred people is always good. A lot of our incentives come from all the hard work our players put in for the past two years. Now we just need to finish it.”

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IOC President Congratulates Joint Korean Side AT Handball World Championship 2019

Another highly symbolic step was taken when a joint Korean team played host Germany at the opening match of the handball world championship 2019 in the formerly divided city of berlin. Olympic Handball Followers from all over the world can book Olympic Handball tickets online.

IOC President Congratulates Joint Korean Side AT Handball World Championship 2019

“This is a continuation of the IOC initiative at the Olympic winter games Pyeongchang 2018 with the joint Korean team at the opening ceremony and the joint women’s ice hockey team. I would like to congratulate and thank IHF president Hassan Mustafa for having made this joint handball side possible,” IOC president Thomas Bach said. 

He watched the first game of the tournament, which is being held in Germany and Denmark, together with the Federal President of Germany, Frank Walter Steinmeier, IHF President Mustafa and 13,500 visitors in the packed arena.

“We have seen already at the Olympic Winter Games that sport can perhaps achieve what is difficult to achieve in politics,”

Federal President Steinmeier told reporters at the match. IOC President meets and congratulates the joint Korean side at Handball World Championship 2019.

The IOC President, who met and congratulated the team after the game, stressed that the IOC will continue working on opportunities for joint Korean squads at the Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo and beyond.

He has invited representatives of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and of the governments of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea to a meeting in February in Lausanne to discuss this topic.

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The interest of both NOCs and both governments in jointly hosting the Olympic Games 2032 will also be on the agenda of this meeting.

“The Olympic 2020 Games and sport show us what the world could look like if we were all guided by the Olympic 2020 spirit of respect and understanding,” Thomas Bach said.

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BRAZIL SECURES GOLD MEDAL AND QUALIFICATION IN OLYMPIC WOMEN’S HANDBALL

In an amusing and heavily contested game, Brazil imposed its will on Argentina for a final score of 30 to 21 to win both a gold medal and a golden ticket to the Olympic 2020 Games next year. Olympic Handball Followers from all over the world can buy Olympic Handball tickets online.

BRAZIL SECURES GOLD MEDAL AND QUALIFICATION IN OLYMPIC WOMEN’S HANDBALL

Brazil and Argentina arrived at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games with their best Handball teams in search of tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. So it was not a surprise that both teams starred in the Grand Final of the Pan Am Games in Peru.

In an extremely exciting duel, there was no rest for either team and the score was deadlocked at 12 after the first 30 minutes of action, reflecting the parity of the teams.

However, during the halftime, the green and yellow squad made a tactical change, pressed harder and left everything on the court in search of victory.

They began to cement an insurmountable advantage over the team wearing the albiceleste flag in the second half. Crucial to Brazil’s success were the talented players Adriana Cardoso, Larissa Araujo and the goalkeeper Renata Arruda.

The ten sides were competing not only to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games but also for the 2019 Pan American Games. Argentina, Brazil, and Peru (hosts) went into this weekend’s qualifying tournament already with their places confirmed for Lima 2020. The final spot at the games was claimed by Colombia who lost 21-15 to Brazil in the Final.

Finally, Brazil won by a clear 30 to 21 margins and Carnival broke out in the VIDA sports complex.

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Brazil not only has a new gold medal to its name but also won the ultimate jackpot of reaching the top handball tournament in the world that will take place next year at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. After a hard-fought final, Argentina took home the silver medal and the bronze went to Cuba.

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Zambia’s National Handball team hopeful for Olympic Gold in Tokyo 2020

Musa Kambundu, left-wing for Zambia’s national handball side, hopes to compete in the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo.

“One of my biggest thoughts is to play handball out of Africa, to make my living through handball, and I know it will occur,” he says.

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Zambia’s National Handball team hopeful for Olympic Gold in Tokyo 2020

Even though it’s 2019, there’s still a long road ahead for athletes hoping to compete in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. But for the Zambia National Handball Side, also known as the Super Shooters, a new year moves them one step closer to the dream of a lifetime.

Many people would find it hard to believe that a group of dogged young men from the impoverished settlements of Lusaka would have the faintest hope of competing in Tokyo. In Zambia, situated in Southern Africa, 40 percent of people live in dangerous poverty, and only half of the populace can read and write.

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But back in 2012, an official at the Japanese Embassy in Zambia, Seiji Tashiro, saw a great deal of potential in the agile boys competing on the country’s only handball field, just a few kilometers outside of the capital. He contacted the Handball Association of Zambia to offer his services as a coach and mentor. That ran to the creation of the Zambia Japan Handball Exchange Project.

Musa Kambunda, now 20, saw the game as more than just a way to stay fit and bond with other athletes. The meager salary offered to the players also helped bring food into his parents’ home. And that small sign unlocked a bigger vision: perhaps winning at handball could help him win at life.

When documented filmmaker Austin Meyer spent time with the team early last year, their determination reminded him of his own athletic journey. It began when Meyer started playing soccer at age four and lasted throughout his years playing center-midfield for Stanford University’s team.

Meyer says their focus and energy were “intoxicating.” “A lot of them had such high aspirations for what handball could mean for their stocks. The query I hoped the video would pose is how truthful was that? I had a similar knowledge when I was leaving Stanford and trying to become a professional soccer player. You’re continually asking yourself, ‘Am I just living on a vision, or is this a possible reality?’”

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The head of the Handball Connotation of Zambia, Victor Bwalya-Banda, believes a trip to the Olympics 2020 is within their reach. The newly formed Senior Team, consisting of the first group of players were 14 years old in 2012, has already traveled to Tokyo for training, thanks to support from the Japanese government.

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Bwalya-Banda says, “That trip gave them a dream of what is possible. It made them double their efforts every day.”

The side placed first in a preliminary Zone Six competition for African countries last June, but the next hurdle to clear is this March, during the qualifiers for regional handball teams. Then originates the All-Africa Qualifiers in Morocco in September. The top four teams from the African continent will then have a chance to compete for a spot in the Tokyo games.

That goal may not be certain for Zambia Super Shooters, but it also is not impossible, Bwalya-Banda says.

“We have faith in our abilities. It is not for us to let the reverie die.”

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