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Qatar defeat Saudi Arabia to top group in Asian Olympic qualifiers

Qatar defeat Saudi Arabia to top group in Asian Olympic qualifiers

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar scored a rollicking 29-20 win over Saudi Arabia to finish their preliminary stage of Asian men’s handball Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualification unbeaten at the Duhail Sports Hall on Monday.
The win saw Qatar, who had already qualified for the semi-finals, top Group A with six points from three wins.
Saudi Arabia finished second with two victories over Hong Kong and India, and a loss to Qatar.
The tournament sees eight teams competing for a single ticket to the Tokyo Games.
It was a superb show from the home side which led 13-9 at half time.
Besides the top sports officials of Qatar Olympic Committee and International Handball Federation (IHF) Vice-President Bader al Theyab, the team was also egged on by Qatar’s high jump world champion Mutaz Essa Barshim, who recently won gold at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha.
Qatar had defeated India 40-10 on Saturday, and handed a 49-14 defeat to Hong Kong in the opening match last Thursday.
The three-time Asian champions and 2015 World Championships runners-up will play the semi-final either against Iran or South Korea on October 24.
Team Qatar were drawn in Group A alongside Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and India while the second group includes Bahrain, South Korea, Iran, and Kuwait.
While the champions of the tournament will receive a direct qualification for Olympics, the second-placed team will have to compete in the play-offs next April.
It is the second time in a row that Qatar is hosting the Asian Men’s Handball Qualifiers for the Olympic Games.

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