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Handball Schedule and Venue for Rio 2016 Olympic Games


Handball at Olympics: Handball is a team sport contested at international level. The aim of the game is to pass and bounce a ball into the opponent goal. The modern handball sport event started in the later half of the nineteenth century. However, the origin of the game can be traced back to the ancient period, when Greeks played a similar game. Handball has been regularly contested at the international level since the early twentieth century. The handball team consists of seven players-six players and a goal keeper.

The 2016 Games in Numbers


  • Nations Participating : 20
  • Number of Athletes : 359
  • Total Events : 2

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Handball Schedule

DateTimeVenueEvent
28th July 09:30 - 12:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 28th July 14:30 - 17:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 28th July 19:30 - 22:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 29th July 09:30 - 12:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 29th July 14:30 - 17:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 29th July 19:30 - 22:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 30th July 09:30 - 12:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 30th July 14:30 - 17:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 30th July 19:30 - 22:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 31st July 09:30 - 12:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 31st July 14:30 - 17:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 31st July 19:30 - 22:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 1st August 09:30 - 12:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 1st August 14:30 - 17:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 1st August 19:30 - 22:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 2nd August 09:30 - 12:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 2nd August 14:30 - 17:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 2nd August 19:30 - 22:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 3rd August 09:30 - 12:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 3rd August 14:30 - 17:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 3rd August 19:30 - 22:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 4th August 09:30 - 12:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 4th August 14:30 - 17:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 4th August 19:30 - 22:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 5th August 09:30 - 12:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 5th August 14:30 - 17:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 5th August 19:30 - 22:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 6th August 09:30 - 12:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 6th August 14:30 - 17:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 6th August 19:30 - 22:45Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • Men's preliminaries (2 matches)
  • 7th August 10:00 - 12:00Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's quarter-final
  • 7th August 13:30 - 15:30Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's quarter-final
  • 7th August 17:00 - 19:00Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's quarter-final
  • 7th August 20:30 - 22:30Olympic Park - Handball Arena
  • women's quarter-final
  • 8th August 11:00 - 13:00Olympic Park - Basketball Arena
  • Men's quarter-final
  • 8th August 14:30 - 16:30Olympic Park - Basketball Arena
  • Men's quarter-final
  • 8th August 18:00 - 20:00Olympic Park - Basketball Arena
  • Men's quarter-final
  • 8th August 21:30 - 23:30Olympic Park - Basketball Arena
  • Men's quarter-final
  • 9th August 17:00 - 19:00Olympic Park - Basketball Arena
  • women's semi-final
  • 9th August 20:30 - 22:30Olympic Park - Basketball Arena
  • women's semi-final
  • 10th August 17:00 - 19:00Olympic Park - Basketball Arena
  • Men's semi-final
  • 10th August 20:30 - 22:30Olympic Park - Basketball Arena
  • Men's semi-final
  • 11th August 17:00 - 19:00Olympic Park - Basketball Arena
  • women's bronze medal match
  • 11th August 20:30 - 23:00Olympic Park - Basketball Arena
  • women's gold medal match, victory ceremony
  • 12th August 11:00 - 13:00Olympic Park - Basketball Arena
  • Men's bronze medal match
  • 12th August 15:00 - 17:30Olympic Park - Basketball Arena
  • Men's gold medal match, victory ceremony


  • The sport has much similarity with football. Handball is also popularly referred to as team handball, field handball, European handball or Olympic handball. The most popular version of hand ball is the four-wall handball. The other variations of the game are three-wall handball and one-wall handball. The International Handball Federation or the IHF is the governing body for the sport at the international level.


    Handball in the Summer Games: Men's handball competition was included in the Olympic schedule at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games. After the 1936 Games, the sport was dropped from the Olympic schedule. The event reappeared in the Olympics during the 1972 Munich Summer Games. Handball for women was introduced to the Olympics in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.


    Rules of Handball: The International Handball Federation or the IHF sets rules for handball at the international level. Some of the rules followed during the international handball competitions are-


    • Handball is played on a rectangular field with 40 meter length and 20 meter width. There are two goal areas and a playing area in the field.
    • The handball game should consist of two halves of 30 minutes and a 10 minutes break.
    • The ball used in the game is smaller than the ball used in football. The size and material of the ball used in the event are specified by the IHF.
    • Referees are appointed during the game to monitor the play.
    • The fouls made by the players are penalized. The first foul is given a warning. Serious fouls or repetitive fouls can lead to penalties or exclusion from game.
    • The ways, in which the ball can be thrown during the game, are specified by the IHF.
    • Hand signals used by the referee at the time of controlling the game are also determined by the IHF.
    • A player is not allowed to obstruct any other player's way during the game. This is considered to be a punishable offence.

    Medal winners in Handball: Croatia, Spain, Germany, Russia and Sweden are the leading nations in the field of men's handball competition at the international level. In the field of international handball competitions for women Denmark, Korea, Ukraine, Hungary and Norway are in the leading position.


    Handball Top Men Medalists


    Men Medals
    CountyNameGoldSilverBronzeTotal
    Sweden 0504
    Romania 0134
    URS 2103


    Handball Top Women Medalists


    WomenMedals
    CountyNameGoldSilverBronzeTotal
    Republic of Korea 2316
    Norway 2215
    Denmark 3003


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    Last updated on: June 14, 2016



    Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

    Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

    In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

    Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.

     

    Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

    French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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