- 29 Mar 2004
- Olympic News
Olympic and Paralympic Sports Side By Side At Faliro
From 26 to 28 March 2004, the Paralympic sport of goalball and the Olympic sport of handball's Sports Events were held at the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex. This venue will also host both events during the Olympic and Paralympic Games later this year.
International Men's Goalball Sport Event
The Goalball Sport Event was played in a round robin format, with one pool of four teams. The four teams competing were Greece, Denmark, U.S.A. and Germany. The Sport Event was played according to the International Blind Sports Federation Goalball rules.
What Is Goalball?
Goalball is an exclusively Paralympic sport that is played by both men and women with vision impairments. Goalball is played on an indoor volleyball court by two teams of three players each. The objective of the game is for each team to roll the ball, with their hands, to the opposite side of the court and score a goal, while the opposing players try to block the ball with any part of their bodies. The winner is the team that scores the most goals. A game is played in two halves of 10 minutes each.
International Men’s Handball Tournament
The Men’s Handball Tournament will be played in a round robin format, with one pool of four teams. The four participating teams are Greece, Hungary, Egypt and Germany, who will each play three matches during the tournament. The tournament will be played according to the International Handball Federation rules.
Goalball At The Paralympics
During the Athens Paralympic Games, the goalball competitions will be held at the Sports Pavilion of the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex. Competition events will take place over seven days (from 20 to 26 September 2004). Athens will host 12 men’s and eight women’s goalball teams.
Handball At The Olympic Games
The handball competition will take place at two separate sports venues. The preliminary games will take place at the Sports Pavilion at the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex, over 11 competition days, from 14 to 24 August 2004. The finals will take place at the Indoor Arena of the Helliniko Olympic Complex, over four competition days, from 26 to 29 August 2004.
Learn more on the International Paralympic Committee
Learn more on Handball
Learn more on Athens 2004
Official website of Athens 2004