Bahrain is all set to host the 17th Asian Men’s Handball Championship from January 15 to 28. The event also serves as qualifier for the 2017 Men’s Handball World Championship in France.
The UAE was originally set to organize this event, but a late withdrawal decision gave Bahrain the green light to embrace the continental challenge.
Bahrain also hosted the 16th edition in January, 2014, when domestic team lost final against Qatar 27:26. Bahrain’s successful organisation was lauded by Asian Handball Federation officials.
Qatar are already qualified for France 2017 as World vice-champions. Four more teams will find the place on tournament, which will be held in January 2017.
Meanwhile, Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) Abdulrahman Askar visited the Bahrain Handball Association premises.
He was welcomed on arrival at Khalifa Sports City, located in Isa Town, by BHA president Ali Isa Ishaqi and members of the board association, who made a presentation on their preparations for this two-week tournament.
Preparations include arrangements to set up the sports gym that will host the matches, as well as other procedures to finalise the broadcasting of the opening ceremony, as well as spectators entry and exit, media coverage and security.
Ishaqi extended his appreciation to the BOC, headed by Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, for its support to the association in setting up the stage for this major continental competition, and his confidence for Bahrain to have a very successful event.