Posted 29th of October 2019

Bahrain men’s Handball team claims spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Rumana Razick

After a thrilling tournament in Qatar, Bahrain has emerged victorious and claimed the coveted ticket for a direct qualification at the Men’s Handball Tournament in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The tournament which commenced on the 17th of October had eight Asian countries competing for a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.  

Credit: Gulf-Insider

The tournament came to an end yesterday (Saturday, 26th October) with Bahrain playing against South Korea in the finals. South Korea, who were the favourites to win the tournament, led the first half 15-13, but were taken down by Bahrain’s stupendous performance recording a 34-29 win and giving them a direct ticket to Tokyo. Coming in second place, South Korea will be given another chance to qualify for the Olympics by competing in the play-offs in April.

Qatar who remained undefeated throughout the tournament, were taken down by Bahrain in the semi-final match that took place on Thursday 24th of October. Giving Bahrain a strong fight, Qatar lost by a mere margin of two points (28-26) at the Al Duhail Indoor Stadium. Hosting the Asian Men’s Handball Qualifiers for the second time, the hosts claimed their spot in the semi-finals after a strong performance, defeating Hong Kong, India and Saudi Arabia in the first few matches.

Credit: Qatar Handball

Qatar then went on to compete for third place in the tournament by going against Saudi Arabia on Friday the 25th of October. After an action-packed match, Qatar emerged victorious with a massive win of 31-21 against Saudi Arabia.

The tournament started with the eight teams being divided into two groups which saw Qatar leading group A and South Korea leading group B, in the initial stages of the tournament.