The authorized test event for the men’s and women’s handball competitions at the Tokyo Olympic Games the Japan Cup 2019 Shibuya is ready for throw-off in Tokyo, Japan.
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Four sides feature in the rivalry which runs from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 November at the Yoyogi National Stadium, the site of the men’s and women’s handball rivalries at the Olympic 2020 Games next year and a ‘Legacy Stadium’ of the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Organized by the Japan Handball Association (JHA) along with the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee and IHF, the competition features the women’s national teams of France, Brazil, Japan and Slovenia playing in a round-robin tournament, with the team finishing top of the table after all six games declared the winner.
All four teams will use the competition as their final warm-up ahead of the 2019 IHF Women’s World Championship in Japan which gets underway next week. Similarly, part of the event is the 71st Japan Men’s Handball Championship which ongoing on Tuesday, 19 November and finishes on Sunday, 24 November and features 24 sides.
The initial three days of competition are being held at the Sumida Ward Gymnasium and Minato City Sports Centre before the action changes to the Yoyogi National Stadium on Friday, 22 November with the quarter-finals (10:00, 12:15, 14:30, 16:45).
The men’s cup action continues at Yoyogi on Saturday with the semi-finals (12:00 and 14:15) before the final on Sunday at 14:05, which is set to be broadcast on television and will be followed by a medal ceremony.