When and where was team handball introduced into the Olympic Games?
Handball was first introduced at the Olympic Games at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin (see Field Handball 1936), in a competition for men only, and was played outdoors on a grass surface.
How long has handball been an Olympic sport?
Handball is a fascinating, fast-paced game played by over 180 countries and 19 million people of all ages. First introduced as an outdoor sport during the 1939 Summer Olympic program, handball has since been an indoor sport in the Summer Olympic program since 1972.
What year did handball gain permanent status in the Olympics?
Field handball was introduced for men at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, but dropped after that. At the 1952 Olympics, field handball was a demonstration sport. (Indoor) handball was introduced for men at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
When was team handball introduced to the United States?
In 1959, modern team handball (played indoors with seven players) was introduced to the United States by a group of European immigrants headed by Dr. Peter Buehning.
What countries play handball in the Olympics?
France, Germany, Norway, Russia, and Denmark tend to dominate the game of Handball in both the men’s and women’s games. The only national team from outside of Europe to medal in men’s handball is the Republic of Korea when they won the silver medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
Who discovered handball?
It was Karl Schelenz (1890 – 1956) that made Torball suitable for men’s practice in 1919 (British Columbia Handball Federation, n.d.), which is why he is deemed the founder of handball as a modern sport (International Olympic Committee, 1986).