Doha, The 2021 IHF Men’s World Championship draw was completed at the Giza Pyramids Plateau in Egypt this evening. In a star-studded event in front of the spectacular Giza Pyramids and Sphinx, guests were treated to a wide variety of entertainment along with reveal of the championship mascot, Horus.
IHF Commission of Organising and Competition (COC) Chairperson Per Bertelsen and IHF Competitions Director Patric Strub conducted the draw, assisted by senior Egypt players Ali Zein and captain Ahmed Elahmar, and Egypt’s 2019 IHF Men’s Youth World Championship winners, Abdelrahman Mohamed Homayed and Hassan Walid Ahmed.
As hosts, Egypt had the right to choose which group they were drawn into, and selected Group G.
IHF Men’s World Championship debutants Uruguay and Cape Verde find themselves in a tough group, Group A, with European sides Germany and Hungary, both of whom finished inside the top 10 at the 2020 Men’s EHF EURO.
Group B saw the very first team drawn this evening, Wild Card side Poland, who won bronze at the 2015 IHF Men’s World Championship, face Spain, who they beat in that match, alongside Tunisia and Brazil. Poland will co-host the 2023 IHF Men’s World Championship with Sweden.
Just one European side are in Group C – continental silver medallists Croatia, where they will face 2020 Olympic Games hosts Japan, Angola and Asian champions Qatar.
Another debutant, DR Congo, goes up against Bahrain, who recently announced the German Michael Roth as their new coach, current world champions Denmark, and Argentina in Group D.
A rematch of the 2017 IHF Men’s World Championship final between France and Norway is guaranteed in Group E, with the two sides joined by Austria and a qualifier from the North America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation (NACHC).
Group F sees Morocco and Algeria meet again, after the Algerians beat their North African rivals – and neighbours – at the 2020 CAHB Men’s African Championship in Tunisia in January. They are joined by European sides Portugal, who return to World Championship for the first time since 2003, and 2008 Olympic Games bronze medallists Iceland.
The one nation who knows what it is like to win an IHF Men’s World Championship in Egypt – Sweden, in 1999 – are in Group G, where the 2023 IHF Men’s World Championship joint hosts will face 2021 hosts Egypt, Czech Republic – returning to the World Championship for the first time since 2005 – and the South and Central America qualifier winner, set to be known in November.
The final group, Group H, features another Wild Card – Russia – who lost that final in 1999 go up against 2017 IHF Men’s World Championship bronze medallists Slovenia, Asian runners-up Republic of Korea and 10th-placed finisher at the EURO 2020, Belarus.
Source: Qatar Olympic Committee