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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.