Men’s handball loses to Qatar in Olympic qualifier…first defeat after three straight wins
The South Korean men’s handball team, looking to qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time in 12 years, suffered a loss to Qatar in the Asia Pacific Qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Led by head coach Hollando Freitas (PORT), the Koreans fell 25-39 in their fourth Pool A match of the tournament on Wednesday (Sept. 23) in Doha, Qatar.
The Koreans, who had won three straight games against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and India, were unable to overcome Asia’s top-ranked Qatar, who will be looking to win their third straight title at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. Park Kwang-soon (Hanam City Hall)’s five-point effort was not enough.
A total of 11 nations are competing in the event, with the top two teams from each of the two groups advancing to the quarterfinals. 카지노사이트가이드 The winner will qualify for the Olympic Games, while the runners-up will qualify for the World Championships, which will be a final qualifier for next March.
Competing against Qatar, China, India, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, South Korea sits in second place in the group with three wins and one loss.
The door to the quarterfinals remains open. South Korea has a good chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals as the second best team in the group if they win their final group game against China on April 24. Rival Saudi Arabia (3-1-1) will face Qatar (4-1-1) in their final match.
South Korea hasn’t qualified for the Olympic Games since London 2012. They most recently missed out on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after finishing second in Asia in the regional qualifiers and third in the world qualifiers.