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TOKYO 2020

Handball at the Tokyo Olympics

July 23, 2021 - August 8, 2021 - The 2020 summer Olympic Games, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, take place in Tokyo, Japan. In the handball competition, men and women each compete in their own, 12-team tournaments. After a group phase, the top eight nations progress to the knockout phase of the competition.

Handball is a fast-paced game involving two teams of seven players who pass, throw, catch and dribble a small ball with their hands while trying to score goals. The team with the most goals wins the game. A game consists of two 30-minute halves with a 10-minute half-time break.

Players can only hold the ball for up to three seconds before passing, dribbling or shooting, and they may take a maximum of three steps while holding it.

Only the defending goalkeeper is allowed inside the goal line (within 6 meters of the goal). However, players may jump into this area when attempting a shot but must release the ball before landing.

PUBLISHED: 07/07/2021; STORY: Graphic News