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16th Asian Men Handball Championship opened

The championship itself got off on a thrilling note

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Manama-Jan25 (BNA) The 16th edition of the Asian Men Handball Championship opened this evening at the Khalifa Sport City in Isa Town. Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS) Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) President Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad bin Al-Khalifa patronised the opening ceremony, reports Bahrain News Agency.

BOC Acting secretary-general Abdulrahman Askar, ambassadors, Bahraini sport figures, Asian Handball Federation (AHF) officials and other key figures attended,

The patron described the championship as in line with directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa to promote sport movement in Bahrain. 

The championship itself got off on a thrilling note as Iran earlier held South Korea, the most successful team in the history of the championship, 24-24, in a nail-biting match.

Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, routed Uzbekistan 43-21 in the other Group 'A' match of the day.

If South Korea's draw was stunning, Bahrain's victory was spectacular as the hosts hit a purple patch in the last 10 minutes, scoring seven goals and conceded just two much to the satisfaction of the passionate home crowd.

Iran too can be satisfied with their first day's efforts as they matched South Korea in all aspects of the game.

The South Koreans, who have won this championship nine times out of 13 appearances, including a five-year reign from 1983 to 1993, eventually escaped with a point.

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