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Host Qatar drummed up sup­port and drew mas­sive crowds to the Hand­ball Cham­pi­onship games due to its team's stunning progress into the fi­nals.

Af­ter a near-flaw­less per­for­mance in the group games, where they lost only one out of the six matches (against cur­rent cham­pi­ons Spain), Qatar sur­vived and thrived in the knock-out matches to face France in the fi­nals. It is a com­pelling achieve­ment for the home team which has qual­i­fied for the world cham­pi­onships the very first time this year. In ad­di­tion to that, Qatar has put to­gether what has largely been con­sid­ered a suc­cess­ful games, from the open­ing cer­e­mony, star per­for­mances, world-class venues, and per­fect or­gan­i­sa­tion. Ad­di­tion­ally all pro­ceeds from the tick­ets sales will go to­wards the Ed­u­ca­tion Above All ini­tia­tive. HE Sheikh Joaan bin Ha­mad Al Thani, Chair­man of the Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee of the IHF World Hand­ball Cham­pi­onships, said dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony, “We all en­deav­our to host this prom­i­nent sports event with open­ing of the Lu­sail Mul­ti­pur­pose Hall to keep this event in un­for­get­table mem­ory in the his­tory of hand­ball.” And the prom­ise seems to have been kept.

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