Entrerríos rises above Pekeler in a Spain-Germany match in the 2016 European final.ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AF
P The men's handball team will face two of the teams that took the podium in Rio 2016 at the Tokyo Olympics . France won the silver medal and Germany the bronze medal in the previous Olympic event. The other three rivals of the team led by Jordi Ribera in Group A in Tokyo, from July 23 to August 8, are Norway, Brazil and Argentina, according to the draw held this Thursday in Basel. In Group B are the Olympic champion Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Japan, Egypt and Bahrain.
In the female category, Spain appears in group B along with the champion and runner-up in Rio 2016, Russia, who will play under the name ROC ( Russian Olympic Committee) and France, in addition to Hungary, Brazil and Sweden, before which he will debut on July 25. In group A, the Netherlands, Montenegro, Norway, South Korea, Angola and Japan will compete
After the first phase, the first four of each group, both male and female, will compete in the quarterfinals
Injuries and absences
Jordi Ribera, the Spanish coach in the men's category , considers that his team had the most difficult rival in each of the draw pots, except in the case of Norway. “The group is demanding,” said Ribera, “we are going to have to go every day against each of the opponents, all of a high level. Norway is already in the front line, France is always there, Germany is demanding and tough, and Brazil and Argentina are exponents of South American potential, both have already shown us in recent months that winning is not going to be easy. ”
The men's team He aspires in Tokyo to obtain his fourth Olympic medal after having added three bronzes, in Atlanta-1996, Sydney 2000 and in Beijing 2008. Dani Duijshebaev and Aitor Ariño, injured, will not be able to compete with the Spanish team in Tokyo. "It is essential that nothing else happens, that there are no more injuries," Ribera sentence.
Carlos Viver, the Spanish national team in the women's category, also referred to the injuries and spoke of Alexandrina Barbosa, who could not compete in either the European or the Pre-Olympic held this month in Llíria because of a serious injury.
“It's basic there is no more injury. Alexandrina is completing extensive work. It is with the maximum will and enthusiasm. Lack of competitive rhythm will come, but it will come. The idea we have is to carry out one or two weeks of work at height, play a friendly against one of the teams qualified for Tokyo and, in the final stretch, try to adapt to the weather conditions that we will meet there in August, a hotter and humid climate ”. Spain will seek its second Olympic medal after the bronze it obtained in London in 2012.
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