Doha: The 24th ISF World Schools Handball Championships will be held here from February 21 to March 1, with hosts Qatar drawn along with Denmark, Austria, Poland and Morocco in Group A.
“We’re proud to host the competition and look forward to an interesting championships. It's a prestigious event for the schools and we look forward to it,” said Qatar School Sports Association (QSSA) Secretary General Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi at a Press Conference here on Monday.
The Qatari boys will open their campaign against Morocco on Thursday.
International School Sports Federation (ISSF) Deputy President Stelios Daskalakis, ISSF Technical Commission President Tom Christensen and tournament manager Abdulrahman Al Muftah were also present on the ocassion.
"The QSSA's goal is to promote sports in the schools. I'm confident the competition will be a good adver for the sport," said Al Hitmi, who is also the President of Qatar Gymnastics Federation.
The draw ceremony was held here in December, with defending champions Turkey is clubbed with Brazil, Greece, India and Belgium in Group C.
France, the tournament’s most successful sides with six titles and runners-up in the 2016 edition, are with Croatia, Serbia, Iran and Bulgaria in Group C while Germany, Czech Republic, Romania and Georgia complete Group D.
“Qatar has the potential to host top international tournaments and had hosted the 2015 Handball World Championships. We always feel confident when Doha hosts a major competition. I hope the sport will get a major boost in the country,” said Daskalakis.
In the girls’ tournament, which will be its 23rd edition, defending champions Denmark, France, Croatia, Belgium and Georgia are in Group D.
Group A has Turkey, Germany, Romania and Bulgaria while Group B consists of Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Czech Republic and India. Slovenia, Brazil, Sweden and Greece complete Group C.