Great Britain’s men’s handball team up their preparations for this summer’s Olympics by playing some of the best teams in the world in Crystal Palace next week.
GB, given a wildcard for the Games, face African champions Tunisia, Asian champions South Korea and South American champions Argentina in the London Handball Cup at the National Sports Centre from next Thursday.
All three of their opponents have qualified by right for the Games and captain Bobby White is looking forward to the challenge.
“This tournament is a perfect test for us as our preparations for the Olympic Games start to build momentum,” said the 29-year-old.
“What better way to prepare than to play teams that are going to be there?
“We will be looking to compete well with all three but we will not be worried if results don’t go our way.
“We will be looking to learn as much about our opponents as possible and put what we learn into action come Games time.”
“This tournament is one of the biggest sport events this year in the handball world and certainly the best handball tournament ever on British soil,” added head coach Dragan Djukic.
“The fact all four teams have booked their places at the Olympic Games says a lot about the quality of handball so it is a good opportunity for our very young team to meet some of the world’s best and fight with them on home ground.”