France became the first team in handball history to win five world championships when they beat surprise finalists Qatar 25-22. The win means France are now the current world, European and Olympic champions. The match at the new Lusail Multipurpose Hall, one of three new stadiums built for the world championships, marked the end of a tournament in which the host team exceeded the expectations of many after coming in ranked 32nd in the world and advancing to the championship match. The local organizers staged a largely successful two-week international sporting event that also included concerts by some of the most popular performers to ever come to Qatar, including Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Kylie Minogue, Taio Cruz and Mani Hoffman. The Matches have been taking place at one of three sport complexes: The Qatar Lusail Sports Arena, Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena and Duhail Handball Sports Hall. With the Lusail venue being the main venue for games. After the Championships the stadiums can be used to host other sports events including basketball, gymnastics and surprisingly ice hockey. All profits from ticket sales will go to the global ‘Educate A Child’ programme with the aim of increasing worldwide access to education – a cause of Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned.
Hosts Qatar delivered a fantastic performance to defeat Austria 29-27 and enter quarter-finals of the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship. They are the first Asian team since 1997 to reach the quarter-finals. Qatar take on the winner of the January 28 pre-quarter-final match between Germany and Egypt. Croatia has advanced to the quarter-final stages after beating […]