Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023


Know your facts:

  • Handball has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 1991
  • Unified Sports? Yes
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 226 athletes + 62 Unified partners

Handball is a fast-paced sport. The game is played indoors on a 40 x 20 meter field with one goalkeeper and six field players.

We have two competitions:

  1. Team Competition - Women
  2. Unified Sports Team Competition - Men

By the way:

The first written set of handball rules was published in 1907 by Danish gym teacher and Olympic medalist Holger Nielsen.

The photo shows a scene of a Handball match with several players.
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The photo shows a Bangladeshi athlete enjoying handball and raising her arms in the air.
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You can see an action scene during a handball competition on the photo.
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The photo shows an action scene during a handball match. One player is passing the ball to her team mate while their opponent is trying defending.
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On the photo, there is an action scene of a handball match. One female player has the ball in shooting position and four women from the other team try to defend.
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The photo shows a very joyful scene of a handball team after they won the match. They are jumping in a celebration circle together.
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The photo shows the handball playing field with several athletes. The one in front is smiling after scoring a goal.
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On the photo there are two athletes holding a handball in their hands each and looking at the camera. They are part of a Unified handball team.
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Handball takes place at Horst-Korber-Sportzentrum on the grounds of Olympiapark.