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Iceland Qualifies for Handball at Olympics

The Icelandic national team in men’s handball qualified for the 2012 Olympics in London by beating Chile and Japan, 25-17 and 41-30 respectively, at the pre-rounds held in Varadzin in Croatia over the Easter weekend.


Archive photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Croatia was the other team from Iceland’s group to qualify; Croatia beat Iceland 31-28, on Sunday.

Iceland’s coach Guðmundur Guðmundsson is calling for increased investment in Icelandic handball.

“If Icelanders want to have a world class national team which has the opportunity to succeed at the Olympics money must be invested in it,” he commented to Morgunblaðið.

Guðmundur looks in all directions for funding, not least towards the Icelandic state and the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland.

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Icelandic national team in men’s handball boasted a first in Icelandic sporting history by taking home the silver in a group sport.

Click here to read more about Icelandic handball.


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