The Portuguese handball team will have as opponents in the group stage of the Olympic Games Tokyo2020 the counterparts of Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Egypt and Bahrain, dictated the draw held today in Basel, Switzerland.
In Japan, in addition to the host team, Portugal will face Denmark's powerful teams in Group B – two-time world champion and four-time Olympic champion – and Sweden – four-time world champion and as many runners-up as Olympic runners-up.
Denmark defeated Sweden 26-24 in the final of the World Cup2021, played in Egypt, which will be the first opponent of the Portuguese team, which attests well to the quality of the Portuguese opponents. Bahrain is, at the outset, the most accessible opponent.
Group A is made up of teams from Norway (twice Olympic champion and twice world runner-up), France (twice Olympic champion and six world champion), Germany (holder of three world titles), Brazil, Spain (two-time European champion and winner) two world titles) and Argentina.
The first phase of the tournament, starting on July 24, will be played by two groups of six teams, who will play each other. The four best positions in each group advance to the knockout phase (quarter-finals).
The medal games, between the winners of the semi-finals (gold and silver) and the losers of the same phase (bronze) will be played on August 7th. All matches will be held at the Yoyogi pavilion in Tokyo.
Portugal reached the unprecedented qualification for Tokyo2020 by winning the Olympic runner-up France by 29-28, in the final round of the qualifying tournament, in Montpellier, with a goal in the last seconds of the game scored by central Rui Silva.
Olympic handball tournament group composition:
– A group: Norway, France, Germany, Brazil, Spain and Argentina.
– Group B: Denmark, Sweden, PORTUGAL, Japan, Egypt and Bahrain.