Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023


Logo Presenting Partner Handball Rewe

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 handball competitions are ticketed.


"Fans in the Stands" groups can visit the handball competitions.

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.