Championship host South Korea, runners-up Japan and bronze medallist China have grabbed the three tickets for the Women’s Handball World Championship in Germany via the Asian championship in Suwon. The Korean side again was the fully dominant team in Asian women’s handball, becoming continental champions for the 13th time in total and the third time in a row. Korea beat Japan in a finally one-sided final 30:20 after being down by 11:15 at the break. An extraordinary second half (19:5) provided the Koreans with another trophy.
As Japan had clinched their berth for Germany 2017 by making it to the final after a close 27:26 (12:12) in their semi against China, the bronze medal match needed to confirm the third ticket for the 2017 World Championship on Wednesday. China took the upper hand against Kazakhstan with a clear 34:26 (16:12), after the Kazakhs had already been chanceless in their semi against Korea (20:41).
With the completion of the Asian Championship, eleven of 24 participants of the Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany (1 to 17 December) are confirmed so far:
Defending champions: Norway
Africa: Angola, Tunisia, Cameroon
Europe: Netherlands, France, Denmark
Asia: South Korea, Japan, China
The remaining spots will be decided in the European play-offs (nine places) and the Pan American Championship in Argentina (three places), which both will be carried out in June. The IHF will besides grant one wildcard. The draw event for Germany 2017 will be staged in Hamburg on 27 June 2017.
The preliminary round groups will be carried out in Leipzig (with Germany and Netherlands), Oldenburg (with Denmark), Bietigheim-Bissingen (with Norway) and Trier (with France). The eighth-finals and quarter-finals and the President’s Cup are staged in Leipzig and Magdeburg, the venue for the Final Weekend is the Barclaycard-Arena in Hamburg.