I lost but fought well… Men’s Handball, World Championships Finished 28th

The Korean men’s handball team finished in 28th place at the 28th International Handball Federation (IHF) World Men’s Championship. Compared to the Middle East countries to face in the Asian Games, the ranking is low, but the national team still showed potential and finished the tournament.

The national team, led by coach Hollando Freitas (Portugal), lost 33-36 to North Macedonia in the last match of the Presidents Cup held in Płowtsk, Poland on the 26th. The Presidents Cup is a competition between teams that were eliminated in the group stage of the World Handball Championship, and is actually held to decide the rankings. The national team, which played the group stage against Hungary, Portugal and Iceland, failed to advance to the final round with three losses. 

The national team defeated Uruguay and Saudi Arabia at the Presidents Cup that followed, but lost to Chile and North Macedonia, recording 2 wins and 2 losses, finishing the tournament in 28th place out of 32 countries. 안전놀이터

Among Asian countries, Bahrain ranked highest at 16th, followed by Qatar at 22nd and Iran at 24th. The Asian participating country ranked lower than the national team is Saudi Arabia (29th).

Although the national team failed to advance to the final round, their performance improved slightly compared to the previous tournament. The national team ranked 21st out of 32 countries in the 2021 competition, which was centered on college players, and ranked 22nd out of 24 countries in the 2019 competition, where a single South-North Korean team participated. His best finish at the Men’s Handball World Championships was 8th in 1997.

Meanwhile, France and Sweden and Spain and Denmark faced each other in the semifinals of the World Championships.

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