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Khalid bin Hamad celebrates Bahrain’s historic handball qualification for Tokyo Olympics 2020

Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad al Khalifa (© Brave Combat Federation)

Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad al Khalifa (© Brave Combat Federation)

Bahrain has earned yet another achievement in sports, this time in handball. On October 27, 2019, His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, 30, took to Twitter to celebrate the historic victory.

 

To qualify for men’s handball tournament in the 2020 Summer Olympics, Bahrain’s national handball team faced its South Korean counterpart in the Asian Handball Qualifying Tournament final in Doha, Qatar on October 26, 2019. The team from Al Khalifa’s home country won 34-29.

Aron Kristjánsson, 47, of Iceland is the head coach of Bahrain’s national handball team, which is controlled by the Bahrain Handball Federation. The players are Husain Mahfoodh, 18, Ali Merza, 31, Hasan Al-Samahiji, 27, Mohamed Abdulredha, 30, Ahmed Husain, 20, Ahmed Jalal, 21, Mohamed Merza, 32, Mohamed Abdulhusain, 30, Bilal Basham, 28, Abdulla Yaseen, 21, Hasan Madan, 23, Komail Mahfoodh, 27, Jasim Al-Salatna, 30, Ali Khamis, 30, Hasan Al-Fardan, 30, Mahdi Saad, 30, Mohamed Habib, 26, and Husain Al-Sayyad, 31.

The 2020 Summer Olympics, also called Tokyo 2020, will take place in Tokyo, Japan from July 24, 2020 to August 9, 2020.  Tokyo was selected as the host city during the 125th International Olympic Committee session in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 7, 2013.“It has been a fantastic tournament for us,” Bahrain Handball Federation secretary-general Khalid Al Najem told Bahrain News Agency. “Everybody in the team has been great and the success is a source of great pride. We now look forward to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.”

This will be the first time Bahrain’s national handball team is competing in the Olympics. Al Najem said, “We are grateful for the tremendous support that handball has been receiving from HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.”

Al Khalifa just turned 30 on September 23, 2019. It also marked the third anniversary of Brave Combat Federation, the mixed martial arts promotion he established.

Brave CF will hold “Brave 29” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain on November 15, 2019. It is part of the Brave International Combat Week.

On October 24, 2019, Bahrain’s national handball team defeated its Qatari counterpart 26-28 in the semi-finals of the Asian Men’s Handball qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at Al Duhail Handball Sports Hall in Duhail, Doha. Here is a clip from the game:

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