Qatar retain the Asian Men's Handball Championship for the fourth straight time


Zaher El Helou

Qatar have kept hold of their Asian Men's Handball Championship title after beating South Korea 33-21 in a one-sided final that was played in Kuwait on Monday.

This is Qatar's fourth Asian Handball Championship title in a row after winning the gold of 2014, 2016 and 2018.

The reigning champions won all their matches in the tournament on their way to the crown.

Qatar dominated the match from the beginning and cruise easily to the victory after outperforming the Korean for the second time in this tournament, as they beat them in the main round 34-27.

South Korea were aiming to clinch a record-extending 10th title, note that their last title is dated back to 2012 against Qatar.

This was only the second final between the two Asian giants after 2012.

Qatar's previous crowns came all against Bahrain who lost to the champions in the semifinal in this edition and finished in the third position. 

Qatar qualified along with South Korea, Japan who finished third and Bahrain the fourth, for the 2021 World Men's Handball Championship which is due to take place in Egypt from January 14 to 31.

Japan, earlier defeated Bahrain in the third-place match position 27-26.