Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Rio, 2016
Friday, 5 August, 2016 to Sunday, 21 August, 2016

The Norwegian women's national team and the French men's national team will be defending their Olympic titles against some of the world's best handball teams.

In the men's division, Germany surprised Europe's best teams, to win the European Championship, in January this year, and is now seen as a hot favourite. Although France and Spain have a much better track record at this level

On the other hand, Norway has been dominating women's handball recently and are expected to win back-to-back Olympic gold, but Home team Brazil could upset the current world champions

Unfortunately, both Australian teams missed out on qualifying for the Games but will be hoping for a return to the Olympic competition in four year's time.

Qualified teams


Brazil, Norway, Argentina, Angola, Republic of Korea, Spain


Brazil, France, Argentina, Qatar, Germany, Egypt

Twelve teams of both sexes will take part in handball during the Rio 2016 Games. In the men’s event the places will be determined via four pre-Olympic continental competitions and in three pre-Olympic world tournaments.

In the women’s event, qualification will be decided by the 2015 World Championship, three pre-Olympic continental competitions and the three pre-Olympic world tournaments.

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