The reality TV plot to turn footy players into Olympic handballers

Australian Football players try handball

Before Sydney 2000, Australia’s national handball team had never gone close to reaching the Olympics. The sport’s entire participation base was about 500 people. Their world ranking was a similar number – most Australians thought handball was the game they played in the schoolyard with a tennis ball.

In Europe, however, it’s kind of a big deal. Handball is often played in front of sell-out crowds in countries like Spain, Germany and Denmark. Many of the world’s biggest soccer clubs – FC Barcelona, Paris-Saint Germain, Bayern Munich – have popular handball divisions.

Vince Rugari, 2 October 2020, Sydney Morning Herald

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