Kuwait in pool four as IHF releases classifications for Handball World Cup

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A file photo of Kuwaiti players celebrating.

KUWAIT CITY, May 15: The International Handball Federation has released the team classifications for the 29th World Handball Cup, slated to be co-hosted by Croatia, Denmark, and Norway from January 14 to February 2, 2025.

Kuwait secured a fourth pool, alongside Bahrain, Tunisia, Chile, Cape Verde, Guinea, and America, as well as the qualifier invited by the International Federation of the Game.

The top classification features Denmark, France, Sweden, Germany, Egypt, Hungary, Slovenia, and Portugal. The second classification includes Austria, Norway, Iceland, Croatia, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Finally, the third classification includes Qatar, Brazil, Poland, Argentina, Cuba, North Macedonia, Japan, and Algeria.

The draw for the World Cup involving these 29 handball teams will take place in the Croatian city of Zagreb on the 29th of this month. Kuwait marks its return to the international stage after a 14-year hiatus since its last participation in the 2009 World Cup held in Croatia. This marks our Kuwait’s ninth appearance in the World Cup, following participation in 1982, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009. Qualification for the World Cup was secured by clinching fourth place in the concluding Asian qualifiers.

Meanwhile, the Handball Federation will host a ceremony today at 5:30 PM at the Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Complex hall, honoring the youth and junior teams for their outstanding performances. The youth team secured second place in the recently concluded Arab Championship in Morocco, while the junior handball blue also achieved second place in the Gulf Games held in the Emirates.

Due to time constraints and the participation of our national junior and youth teams in the World Cup qualifiers, the Federation’s Competitions Committee has postponed the League  Cup Championship to the beginning of the next season.

In the last round of the handball general league’s 13th round, Al-Tadamon clinched its first victory against Al-Sahel with a score of 24-23. Kuwait Club defeated Al-Fahaheel 42-25, and Al-Yarmouk emerged victorious over Khaitan with a score of 34-25.

Khaled El Anzi

Al-Seayssah /Arab Times Staff

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