Handball at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Women's qualification

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The qualification for the 2020 Women's Olympic Handball Tournament assigned quota places to twelve teams: the hosts, the World champion, four continental champions and six teams from the World Olympic qualification tournaments respectively. The 2020 Olympics were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1]

Qualification summary[edit]

Qualification Date Host Vacancies Qualified
Host nation 1  Japan
2018 European Championship 29 November – 16 December 2018  France 1  France
2019 Pan American Games 24–30 July 2019 Peru Lima 1  Brazil
2019 Asian Qualification Tournament 23–29 September 2019 China Chuzhou 1  South Korea
2019 African Qualification Tournament 26–29 September 2019 Senegal Dakar 1  Angola
2019 World Championship 29 November – 15 December 2019  Japan 1  Netherlands
2020 IHF Women's Olympic Qualification Tournaments 19–21 March 2021 Spain Llíria 2  Spain
 Sweden
Hungary Győr 2  Hungary
 ROC
Montenegro Podgorica 2  Montenegro
 Norway
Total 12

Legend for qualification type[edit]

Legend for qualification type
Team qualified from the World Championship directly to the 2020 Olympic Tournament
Team qualified from Continental Events or as hosts directly to the 2020 Olympic Tournament
Team qualified from the World Championship to the Olympic Qualification Tournaments
Team qualified from Continental Events to the Olympic Qualification Tournaments

Host country[edit]

World Championship[edit]

Rank Team
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Netherlands
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Spain
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Russia
4  Norway
5  Montenegro
6  Serbia
7  Sweden
8  Germany
9  Denmark
10  Japan
11  South Korea
12  Romania
13  France
14  Hungary
15  Angola
16  Argentina
17  Brazil
18  Senegal
19  Slovenia
20  DR Congo
21  Cuba
22  Kazakhstan
23  China
24  Australia

Continental qualification[edit]

Europe[edit]

Rank Team
1st place, gold medalist(s)  France
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Russia
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Netherlands
4  Romania
5  Norway
6  Sweden
7  Hungary
8  Denmark
9  Montenegro
10  Germany
11  Serbia
12  Spain
13  Slovenia
14  Poland
15  Czech Republic
16  Croatia

America[edit]

Rank Team
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Brazil
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Argentina
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Cuba
4  United States
5  Dominican Republic
6  Puerto Rico
7  Canada
8  Peru

Asia[edit]

The tournament was held in Chuzhou, China from 23 to 29 September 2019.[2]

All times are local (UTC+8).

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 5 5 0 0 181 93 +88 10 2020 Summer Olympics
2  China (H) 5 3 0 2 138 103 +35 6[a]
3  North Korea 5 3 0 2 142 115 +27 6[a]
4  Kazakhstan 5 3 0 2 133 110 +23 6[a] Qualification tournaments
5  Hong Kong 5 1 0 4 86 165 −79 2
6  Thailand 5 0 0 5 86 180 −94 0
Source: AHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c China 2 Pts, +4 GD; North Korea 2 Pts, +1 GD, Kazakhstan 2 Pts, −5 GD
23 September 2019
14:00
Kazakhstan  30–16  Hong Kong Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Lee, Lee (KOR)
(16–7)
23 September 2019
16:00
South Korea  39–21  North Korea Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Cheng, Zhou (CHN)
(20–10)
23 September 2019
18:00
China  36–17  Thailand Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Ota, Shimajiri (JPN)
(17–9)

24 September 2019
14:00
South Korea  29–25  Kazakhstan Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Alpaidze, Berezkina (RUS)
(15–13)
24 September 2019
16:00
Hong Kong  33–22  Thailand Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Ota, Shimajiri (JPN)
(19–10)
24 September 2019
18:00
North Korea  25–22  China Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Al-Watani, Qamber (BHR)
(11–11)

26 September 2019
14:00
Thailand  14–40  South Korea Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Al-Watani, Qamber (BHR)
(6–21)
26 September 2019
16:00
Kazakhstan  24–22  North Korea Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Cheng, Zhou (CHN)
(12–10)
26 September 2019
18:00
China  34–10  Hong Kong Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Lee, Lee (KOR)
(21–4)

27 September 2019
14:00
North Korea  36–16  Thailand Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Lee, Lee (KOR)
(18–8)
27 September 2019
16:00
Hong Kong  13–41  South Korea Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Al-Watani, Qamber (BHR)
(4–21)
27 September 2019
18:00
Kazakhstan  19–26  China Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Alpaidze, Berezkina (RUS)
(10–12)

29 September 2019
14:00
Thailand  17–35  Kazakhstan Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Ota, Shimajiri (JPN)
(8–16)
29 September 2019
16:00
Hong Kong  14–38  North Korea Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Cheng, Zhou (CHN)
(6–19)
29 September 2019
18:00
China  20–32  South Korea Chuzhou Handball Stadium, Chuzhou
Referees: Alpaidze, Berezkina (RUS)
(8–17)

Africa[edit]

The tournament was held in Dakar, Senegal from 26 to 29 September 2019.[3]

All times are local (UTC+0).

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Angola 2 2 0 0 51 35 +16 4 2020 Summer Olympics
2  Senegal (H) 2 1 0 1 43 40 +3 2
3  DR Congo 2 0 0 2 39 58 −19 0
4  Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[4]
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host
26 September 2019
18:00
Angola  29–21  DR Congo Dakar Arena, Dakar
(19–12)

27 September 2019
18:00
DR Congo  18–29  Senegal Dakar Arena, Dakar
(8–11)

29 September 2019
18:00
Senegal  14–22  Angola Dakar Arena, Dakar
(6–12)

Olympic Qualification Tournaments[edit]

There were three Olympic Qualification Tournaments. Only twelve teams that have not yet qualified through the five events mentioned above could play in the tournament:[5]

  • The top six teams from the 2019 World Championship that did not already qualify through their continental championships are eligible to participate in the tournament.
  • The best ranked teams of each continent in the 2019 World Championship represent the continent in order to determine the continental ranking. The first ranked continent received two more places for the tournament. The second, third and fourth ranked continent received one place each. The last place belongs to a team from Oceania, if one was ranked between 8th–12th at the World Championship. If no team from Oceania met this condition, the second ranked continent receives an extra place instead. The teams that already earned their places through their World Championship ranking will not be considered for receiving places through the continental criterion.
  • The twelve teams were allocated in three pools of four teams according to the table below. The top two teams from each pool qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games.[6]
2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament #1 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament #2 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament #3

On 10 January 2020, North Korea withdrew and was replaced by Kazakhstan.[7][8]

On 3 February 2020, China and Hong Kong withdrew and were replaced by Thailand.[9][10][11] In October 2020, China requested to be reinstated because the tournaments were moved and the IHF granted that request.[12] On 1 March 2021, China withdrew from the tournament due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Because of that, Kazakhstan was moved to Tournament 2 and no other Asian team was available (Hong Kong declined a participation and Thailand did not respond prior to the deadline), meaning that Tournament 3 will be played with three teams.[13] Senegal withdrew on 9 March 2021 and was not replaced by another African team.[14]

2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament #1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain (H) 2 1 1 0 59 44 +15 3[a] 2020 Summer Olympics
2  Sweden 2 1 1 0 62 49 +13 3[a]
3  Argentina 2 0 0 2 37 65 −28 0
Source: IHF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Draw.
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Spain 28–28 Sweden

2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament #2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Russia 3 3 0 0 91 73 +18 6 2020 Summer Olympics
2  Hungary (H) 3 2 0 1 100 71 +29 4
3  Serbia 3 1 0 2 89 90 −1 2
4  Kazakhstan 3 0 0 3 75 121 −46 0
Source: IHF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Draw.
(H) Host

2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament #3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Montenegro (H) 2 1 0 1 53 51 +2 2 2020 Summer Olympics
2  Norway 2 1 0 1 52 52 0 2
3  Romania 2 1 0 1 52 54 −2 2
Source: IHF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Draw.
(H) Host

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee". IOC. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Asian Women's Qualification for OG Japan 2020 – Result Summary" (PDF). AHF. 29 September 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 October 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Tournoi qualificatif des Jeux Olympiques" [Olympic Qualification Tournament]. CAHB. Archived from the original on 27 September 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament: Cameroon desists from the Dakar 2019". CAHB. 25 September 2019. Archived from the original on 30 September 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Update on 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament places". ihf.info. 13 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Update: Women's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournaments". ihf.info. 27 January 2020.
  7. ^ "DPR of Korea withdraw from Tokyo 2020 Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament". ihf.info. 10 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Kazakhstan replace DPR of Korea at Olympic Qualification Tournament". ihf.info. 15 January 2020.
  9. ^ "People's Republic of China withdraw from Tokyo 2020 Women's Olympic Qualification Event". ihf.info. 3 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Thailand replace PR of China in the Tokyo 2020 Women's Qualification Tournament". ihf.info. 10 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Thailand replace China in women's handball Olympic qualifying due to coronavirus". Inside the Games. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  12. ^ "PR of China to participate in IHF Women's Tokyo 2020 Qualification Tournaments". ihf.info. 2 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Changes to Tokyo Handball Qualification 2020 – Women's Tournaments". ihf.info. 1 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Senegal cancel participation in Tokyo Handball Qualification 2020 – Women's Tournament 1". ihf.info. 11 March 2021.