France men’s handball team qualifies to the Olympics by winning the men’s Handball World Championship held from 15 January to 1 February 2015 for the third time in four championships. By winning the world championships France has completed the rare feat of holding the Olympic, World and European titles all at the same time. The last nation to accomplish this was France whom won the 2008 Olympics, 2009 World and 2010 European titles which further cements France as one the best current nations in the sport.
In the final France met with the tournament’s surprise host nation Qatar whom made their own history by becoming the first non-European nation to reach the final of this tournament. However, their Cinderella run ended here as France was able to take the lead and by half-time was winning 14-11. While Qatar made attempts at coming back France was always one step ahead and won the championship with a score of 25-22.
In addition to Olympic qualification this tournament serves as qualification for the final Olympic qualifying tournament. The top six non-qualified nations will be present at the final qualifying tournament. Currently the six teams are Qatar, Poland, Spain, Denmark, Croatia and Germany. Should Qatar win the Asian qualifier or one of those European nations win the European qualifier the next spot will go to Slovenia and if both scenarios happen then Slovenia and Macedonia will be the two replacements.
- QatarHandball. 2015 World Championships. Access on March 4 2015.