Such news are always good ones for somebody and bad ones for the others. We are very sad that we have to say goodbye to Brasil and very happy to welcome Austria among the teams participating in the 2018 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship. On Monday, the 30th July, the International Handball Federation have received official notice from the Brazilian Handball Federation that the Brazil team will be unable to participate in the tournament in Kielce.
As we can read at the official IHF website: “Upon receiving the notice, in accordance with Article 2.8. of the Regulations for IHF Competitions for Youth and Junior Events, the IHF approached two other nations that competed at the 2018 Pan American Women’s Youth Handball Championship as potential replacements. Unfortunately, no other Pan American team is able to travel to Kielce, Poland for the Youth World Championship. Therefore, the place was reallocated to Europe as the continent of the previous world champion in this age category (Russia). As the next best-ranked team at the Women’s 17 EHF EURO 2017, Austria were approached by the IHF and accepted the invitation to participate at Poland 2018.”
That means that Austria join the list of participants at the Youth World Championship alongside 23 other nations, including 14 from Europe. Hosts Poland were directly qualified, while Germany, Norway, Hungary, France, Russia, Denmark, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Montenegro, Slovakia and Croatia all made their way to Poland 2018 as the top sides at last year’s EURO.
From the other continents, Republic of Korea, Japan, People’s Republic of China and Kazakhstan qualified via the 2017 Asian Women’s Youth Handball Championship. Egypt, Tunisia and Angola secured Africa’s places at their continental championship in September 2017. Chile and Argentina are the remaining two representatives from their continent, after finishing second and third, respectively, at the 2018 Pan American Women’s Youth Handball Championship.
The 2018 Women’s Youth World Championship will be played from August 7 to 19 in Kielce, Poland. ENTRY TO ALL MATCHES IS FREE OF CHARGE.