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Young handballers in the box seat for 2032 Brisbane green and gold

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“It’s a sport you can pick up, within the first 20 minutes you can play it and play it properly – you know, not to world level, but you can play it,” he said of the team-based play carried out on a 40-metre by 20-metre court with the aim of getting what is essentially a small soccer ball past a keeper and into a goal.

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“It’s very, very high speed.”

In Australia, about a dozen clubs across six states and territories play under the Australian Handball Federation body – which received an interest boost in the aftermath of Sydney 2000 but has never quite picked up.

Ahead of that Games, the federation and Olympic broadcasters Channel Seven even took steps to turn high-profile football players into handballers for a reality…



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