2022 IHF Men’s and Women’s Youth (U18) Beach Handball World Championships are starting tomorrow

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2022 IHF Men’s and Women’s Youth (U18) Beach Handball World Championships are starting tomorrow

The 2022 IHF Men’s and Women’s Youth (U18) Beach Handball World Championships will take place between 14 and 19 June, while the IHF Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championships is to be played between 21 and 26 June. Both Beach Handball Championships are held in Heraklion, Greece. Tomorrow, 32 world’s best youth beach handball nations will start their journey towards the world champion title.

Greece will host the second-ever IHF Youth Beach Handball World Championship, following the debut event in 2017 in Mauritius. Initially, the championships were supposed to take place in Portugal, but due to the COVID-19, the events were postponed. The 32 youth teams will compete in men’s and women’s category and they are both allocated in four groups. The groups are following:

2022 IHF Men’s Youth (U18) Beach Handball World Championship

Group A: Sweden, Islamic Republic of Iran, Qatar, United States of America
Group B: Brazil, Croatia, Togo, France
Group C: Spain, Greece, Jordan, Czech Republic
Group D: Ukraine, Argentina, Germany, Uruguay

2022 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) Beach Handball World Championship

Group A: Hungary, Thailand, Poland, Uruguay
Group B: Spain, India, Brazil, Ukraine
Group C: Argentina, Germany, France, Romania
Group D: Netherlands, Greece, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico

Spain will, as the title-holder from 2017, try to defend the champions title in men’s competition. Togo and Argentina were also participants in 2017,   while the remaining teams all debut in Greece. The women’s competition in Heraklion features all three medallists from 2017 – Hungary as champions, second placed Netherlands and the bronze medallists Argentina. Spain (fifth in 2017) and Thailand (sixth in 2017) will also perform, and the 11 remaining team are debutants.