March 29, 2023

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Iran learn fate at IHF Youth World Championship

TEHRAN – The draw for the 2023 IHF Men’s Youth World Championship, which will be held in Croatia from Aug. 2 to 13, took place on Friday and the 31 teams with an additional one side discovered their opponents.

The event will be the first edition of the IHF Men’s Youth World Championship with 32 teams at the start and also the first to be hosted by Croatia. This will also be the first edition of the competition since 2019 since the one scheduled in 2021 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reported.

Eight groups of four teams each were announced after the draw. The host nation Croatia had the prerogative to assign one team (including the organizer’s team) per group, which had previously been assigned to a city, as per the Regulations of IHF Competitions.

After the draw was concluded with the help of former Croatia star Igor Vori, several groups promised to create a lot of interesting matches, with high-profile clashes highlighting the 2023 IHF Men’s Junior World Championship schedule.

The hosts, Croatia, will be favored to proceed to the main round, as they face Portugal, Rwanda and Algeria in Group A in their quest to secure the second gold medal in the competition’s history.

Reigning champions Egypt face a daunting task in Group C, which will be played in Koprivnica, facing two European sides – Iceland and the Czech Republic – and a plucky Japan team.

Germany, the runners-up at North Macedonia 2019, will not face a European team in the preliminary round, as they face Argentina, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

Denmark, the most decorated team in history, with three gold medals, have been drawn to Group E, where they are facing Austria, Chile and Mexico, in what could prove to be a good draw for the Scandinavian side, who are favored to win the group.

Six teams will make their debut in the competition – Burundi, the Czech Republic, the Faroe Islands, Montenegro, Rwanda and the U.S. Two of them will face off in Group H, where Faroe meet Burundi as the European side tries to make the cut for the main round.

Four venues will host the matches at the 2023 IHF Men’s Youth World Championship – Varaždin, Koprivnica, Opatija and Rijeka – with the final round scheduled in Varaždin.

Group A: Portugal, Croatia, Rwanda, Algeria

Group B: Hungary, Slovenia, Morocco, New Zealand

Group C: Egypt, Iceland, Japan, Czech Republic

Group D: Spain, Republic of Korea, Brazil, BahrainGroup E: Denmark, Austria, Chile, Mexico

Group F: Norway, Montenegro, North Macedonia, IHF Inter Continental Trophy Winner

Group G: Germany, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, United States of America

Group H: Sweden, Faroe Islands, Iran, Burundi

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