Qatar, Iran in semifinals clash of Asian Beach Handball Championship

WEIHAI, China, Qatar team will lock horns against strong Iranian opponents in the last four clash of the prestigious Asian Beach Handball Championship 2019 in China’s city of Weihai on Saturday.

In this championship the winners and runners-up will book spots in 2020 IHF Men’s Beach Handball Championships in Italy while champions only will qualify to ANOC World Beach Games 2019.

Twelve teams were distributed into two groups for qualifying for the 2020 IHF Mens Beach Handball Championships in Italy, with Qatar, Vietnam, Chinese Taipei, Afghanistan, Indonesia and the Philippines will participate in the first group, and Oman, Iran, Thailand, Pakistan, Japan and Saudi Arabia participate in the second.

Qatar were crowned champions of the Asian Championship in Pattaya in 2017, after defeating Oman in the final 2-0.

Qatar’s Beach Handball Team aspires to win the title for a fifth time, after winning it in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017, and to ensure their participation in the 2020 IHF Men’s Beach Handball Championships in Italy for the fifth time.

In previous years, Qatar placed tenth in 2010 in Turkey, 7th in 2012 in Amman, 3rd in 2014 in Brazil, 3rd in 2016 in Hungary, and ninth in 2018 in Russia.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee