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Iceland Enters European Handball Cup by Backdoor

By Iceland Review

The Icelandic national team in women’s handball will participate in the European Championship in Serbia in December after all. After losing against Ukraine earlier this month, Iceland lost its shot of qualifying for the championship.


Archive photo by Geir Ólafsson.

However, on Monday it was announced that Serbia would take the slot of the Dutch who gave up on hosting the championship, which paved the way for Iceland as it boasted the best achievement among teams that placed third in their respective qualifying groups after the preliminary round, Fréttablaðið explained.

“This is great news for women’s handball. Just fantastic!” exclaimed captain Hrafnhildur Skúladóttir. “As soon as we landed in Keflavík after the game against Ukraine, Einar [Þorvarðarson, managing director of the Icelandic Handball Association] said the Dutch had backed out of the competition. I rushed to the computer and saw that we were the best among third-place teams. This is marvelous!”

The Icelandic national team in men’s handball qualified for the 2013 World Cup on Saturday. They will also compete at the Olympics in London in August.

Click here to read more about Icelandic handball.


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