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Qatar’s Maroon’s Favorite at the Asian Handball Championship-Doha News

The current champion is about to start the victory after defeating Oman in the opening round on Tuesday.

Qatar got off to an overwhelming start in the tournament, surpassing Oman 31-14.

The 2022 Asian Championships in Dammam, Saudi Arabia are qualifying for the World Men’s Handball Championship. The top five teams in this tournament will go to Poland and Sweden to win the world title.

Qatar has dominated the Asian Championships in recent years, winning the final four times in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. Only South Korea (5) and Kuwait (4) have better records.

The national team, Al Anabi (Maroon), is the top seed in the tournament rankings, ahead of its closest rival to South Korea, Bahrain. In 2021, Qatar finished 8th in the World Men’s Handball Championship and 31st in South Korea.

The Qatar team, coached by Valley Loribella, made intensive preparations for the Asian Championships, attended an international event at home in November, and then met Egypt and Iraq in a series of friendly matches in early January. ..

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The format of the tournament is round robin followed by a knockout stage.

Qatar will face Iraq on Wednesday and meet the UAE in the final match of the first stage on Thursday.

The top two teams will advance to the quarterfinals after January 22nd.

The championship will include 16 teams seeded in the following groups:

Group A

Korea

Kuwait

Jordan

Singapore

Group B

Saudi Arabia

Iran

Australia

India

Group C

Qatar

United Arab Emirates

Iraq

Oman

Group D

Bahrain

Hong Kong

Uzbekistan

Vietnam

* Thailand withdrew before the draw

* Japan withdrew because the Covid-19 test was positive multiple times within the team.

All teams will continue to play the game even if they are unable to compete in the quarterfinals. They are ranked from 1 to 16.

The match against Qatar’s Iraqi kick is Wednesday at 14:00 and the match against the United Arab Emirates is January 20th at 16:00 UTC. The match will be broadcast on bEIN Sports.


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