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Qatar will compete in the 2023 World Championships

• Qatar’s Top Group I at the Asian Championships after South Korea confiscated the final main round match is due to many players being defeated by Covid-19.

Qatar yesterday did not compete in the 2022 Asian Men’s Handball Championship in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, but in the 2023 IHF World Men’s Handball Championship in Poland and Sweden.
The four Asian champions and the 2015 World Championship runner-up Qatar outperformed Group I in the main round of the ongoing Asian Championships after South Korea lost the last main round match.
After South Korea withdrew, Qatar reached the Asian Championship semi-finals with 6 points and Saudi Arabia finished second in Group 1 with 4 points.
The top five Asian Championship teams are eligible for the World Championships co-sponsored by Poland and Sweden.
Qatar will make its ninth appearance in the World Championships, which he has played in Portugal 2003, Tunisia 2005, Germany 2007, Spain 2013, Qatar 2015, France 2017, Germany and Denmark 2019, and Egypt 2021 World Championships.
Qatar ended as a runner-up in 2015 when the country hosted a handball showpiece.
South Korea, which has recorded eight titles in Asia, was disappointed. As a result of confiscating the match according to the rules, a 10-0 result was obtained in favor of Qatar. Qatar will face Iran in the semi-finals at 4 pm on Saturday.
Iran lost the final main-round match against Bahrain 26-36 (10-19) yesterday, finishing second in Group II. Bahrain, who won all three games, will take the lead with six points and will face Saudi Arabia on Saturday (6 pm) in the other semifinals.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia defeated Uzbekistan yesterday in the third and final main-round match 31-24 (12-11) at the Sports Ministry Hall in Dammam.
In Group II, Iraq and Kuwait played a thrilling Thailand 25-25 (7-14), with both teams scoring points respectively.
Qatar has won the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Asian Championships, matching Korea’s record of five consecutive victories with the Saudi Arabian crown. Since winning the first championship in 2014, Qatar has been unstoppable in continental tournaments, beating South Korea in three finals in Kuwait two years ago in Bahrain and the final edition. The 2015 world silver medalist could match the record of consecutive victories for most titles currently held by South Korea from 1983 to 1993.
South Korea is the most successful team in history with nine titles, the last of which took place in 2012. The best performance since then was the last tournament, losing 33-21 in the final. However, they have fallen to 6th place on the continent in the world rankings and 49th place in the world.



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