The draw for Asian men’s handball qualifying for the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020), which will be held in Doha from October 17 to 27, was held yesterday in Doha.
Qatar handball team were drawn in Group A alongside Saudi Arabia, India, and Hong Kong, while the second group included Bahrain, South Korea, Iran, and Kuwait.
The first-place winners qualify only for the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020), while the second-placed will play-off for qualification.
The draw was followed by the signing of the hosting contract for qualifiers between the Qatar Handball Association and the Asian Handball Federation. The contract was signed by President of Qatari Handball Association
Ahmed Al Shabi, and the Treasurer of the Asian Handball Federation Bader Diab.
It will be the second time in a row that Qatar hosts the Asian Men’s Handball Qualifiers for the Olympic Games, after hosting the 2015 Qualifiers for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Qatari team will start its preparations for the Asian qualifiers of the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020) from today.
The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Japanese: 第三十二回オリンピック競技大会 Hepburn: Dai Sanjūni-kai Orinpikku Kyōgi Taikai) and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, is an upcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo was selected as the host city during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires on 7 September 2013. These Games will mark the return of the Summer Olympics to Tokyo for the first time since 1964, the first city in Asia to host the Olympics twice, and the fourth Olympics overall to be held in Japan, following the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.
They will be the second of three consecutive Olympic Games to be held in East Asia, following the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and preceding the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
These Games will see the introduction of additional disciplines within several of the Summer Olympics sports, including 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX and Madison cycling, as well as further mixed events.
Under new IOC policies that allow sports to be added to the Games’ programme to augment the permanent “core” Olympic events, these Games will see karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts, and the return of baseball and softball (which were removed from the summer program after 2008).