Six teams are already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men’s handball competition which is played from 24 July to 8 August 2021.
As hosts, Japan qualify directly, as do the reigning world champions from the original dates of Tokyo 2020, Denmark (2019). In addition, representatives of each continent have secured their places at Tokyo 2020 via continental championships and qualification events with Spain, Egypt, Bahrain and Argentina taking their championships in Europe, Africa, Asia and South and Central America respectively.
Tournament 1: Podgorica, Montenegro – this tournament should have been hosted by Norway initially, but due to the strict pandemic restrictions in Norway the IHF had to find another venue where every non-European teams could travel in without quarantine.
Participants: Norway, Brazil, Chile, Republic of Korea
Tournament 2: Montpellier, France
The Sud de France Arena in Montpellier – currently closed for fans – will host one of the toughest tournaments when France, Tunisia, Portugal and Croatia do battle in southern France.
Tournament 3: Berlin, Germany
Hosts Germany welcome Sweden, Slovenia and Algeria to the 11,900-capacity Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. Currently closed to spectators, the arena is home to handball side Füchse Berlin and hosted games at the 2007 IHF Men’s World Championship.