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Handball


Handball is a fast-paced team game that was first played in Scandinavia and Germany at the end of the 19th century.

European origins

The modern game of handball was first played towards the end of the 19th century in Scandinavia and Germany. Field handball was first recognised at the turn of the century and G. Wallström introduced the sport of "handball" to Sweden in 1910.

First competition

The International Amateur Handball Federation (IAHF) was set up in 1928 on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Amsterdam, leading to the first Field Handball World Championships being played in Germany in 1938, following its appearance at the 1936 Berlin Games.

Rival codes

Between 1938 and 1966 both forms of handball were played at separate World Championships: an outdoor, 11-a-side game played on a football pitch and a new 7-a-side indoor version preferred by the Scandinavians.

Olympic history

After 1936, field handball was no longer played at the Games, except as a demonstration sport in 1952 in Helsinki. Indoor handball was presented for the first time at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Yugoslavia was victorious and won the first gold medal after a competition between 16 men’s teams.

The introduction of women’s handball to the Games took place in 1976 in Montreal. The Soviet Union won this first women’s Olympic competition, taking home two gold medals after the 11-team men’s competition and the six-team women’s one.

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Korea Win Women's Handball Gold - Highlights | Day 9

Highlights from Day 9 at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with the Women's Handball Gold Medal Match between Korea and Russia. Medals:Gold - KoreaSilver - Russian Federation Bronze - Sweden
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Yaroslava Frolova of Russian Federation in the Women's Handball

Nanjing 2014 - Yaroslava Frolova(C) of Russian Federation during the Women's Gold Medal Match of Handball at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 25, 2014.
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Team Slovenia celebrate after the Men's Handball final

Nanjing 2014 - Team Slovenia celebrate after the Men's Handball final at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, Aug. 25, 2014.
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Jaka Malus of Slovenia in the Men's Handball final

Nanjing 2014 - Jaka Malus (R) of Slovenia shoots the ball during the Men's Handball final against Egypt at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, Aug. 25, 2014.
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Medalists of the Men's Handball

Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalists Team Slovenia, silver medalists Team Eygpt (L) and bronze medalists Norway on the podium during the award ceremony for the Men's Handball final at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, Aug. 25, 2014.
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Medalists of the Women's Handball

Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalists Team Republic of Korea, silver medalists Team Russia and bronze medalists Team Sweden on the podium during the awarding ceremony for the Women's Handball at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, Aug. 25, 2014.
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