Iranian handball finds its way
TEHRAN — Iranian handball teams have stolen the show in recent years by booking their places in Asian and world championships.
Less than three months ago, Iran made history by defeating France in the bronze medal game of the 2022 IHF World Junior Beach Handball Championship.
It was Iran’s first-ever medal on the world stage.
Soon after, the Iranian team represented the country at the IHF Junior Women’s World Championship.
Handball in Iran has increased in recent years, both among men and women.
After their first appearance at the IHF Men’s World Championship in 2015, an eight-year hiatus followed, but Iran will finally make their long-awaited return to the Poland/Sweden 2023 competition, having finished fourth in the Asian Championship AHF Men’s Handball Championship in 2022.
“One of the most important ideas of the Iranian Handball Federation is to raise a generation of great Iranian children’s handball players, develop their future and create a great team in our country,” the president said. of the Iranian Handball Federation Alireza Pakdel in an interview with IHF.info in late July.
“The federation has already planned to create programs throughout the country, allowing children to become more and more interested in handball. The idea is to promote handball as a fun activity to get children to try playing handball, while creating an appropriate environment for their families,” he added.
Three days ago, Iran won a silver medal at the 2022 Asian Junior Men’s Handball Championship. The team also booked their place at the 2023 World Junior Men’s Handball Championship in Croatia.
The Iranians will also take part in the 2022 Asian Women’s Handball Championship in November, where they were drawn in Group A along with Korea Republic, Uzbekistan, India and Australia.
“Many stars of other sports in Iran, like our hugely successful football players, are promoting handball on their social media accounts. People cherish our national handball team players on Instagram and Twitter. They see how Iranian players are doing their best,” Pakdel concluded.
Pakdel took charge of the Iranian FA in 2019 and played a key role in the sport’s success during his tenure.
Today, Iranian teams are not afraid of South Korea and the Persian Gulf countries. They have become heavyweights in Asia and want to achieve more success on the world stage.