Here are nine images from tonight’s opening match of the 2015 Men’s Handball World Championship which got underway today in Doha, Qatar. My two favorites are probably the one above, showing Qatar’s Eldar Memisevic on the attack, and the one below of one player asking another for a dance.
The hosts, powered by a squad comprised of several foreign-born nationals, got the tournament off to a strong start with an entertaining 28-23 victory over Brazil in front of a crowd of 11,500 who inaugurated the newly-built Lusail Multipurpose Arena. That official tally was a bit high, but definitely half of the venue, which has a capacity of about 15,000 in its present configuration, was filled.
This was the first time I shot a handball match, and it proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable 20-minute exercise in trying to keep up with this relatively fast-paced game. I’m not here working as an accredited photographer, but hope to squeeze in a few minutes from each match I attend to snap some a few images.
Action kicks off in earnest tomorrow with the busiest slate of the two-week event, with 11 matches on the schedule. The preliminary round will conclude on 24 January when the 24 teams are whittled down to 16 for the eighth-finals scheduled for 25 and 26 January. The quarter-finals take place on 28 January, the semi-finals on 30 June and the final on Sunday 1 February, also in Lusail.