The 2012 World Handball Championships, in association with Fáilte Ireland, are now just one week away and excitement is mounting ahead of the biggest and most competitive international event in the history of the sport.
GAA Handball Ireland have ambitiously approached this latest event by constructing a state of the art 21 court complex within the Citywest Arena in Dublin. With over 2,000 players from 30 countries travelling to compete for a series of World Championship gold medals, the swell of interest surrounding the championships has certainly captured the imagination of the sporting world.
The championship draws have now been released and with over 3,000 matches scheduled to take place in the eleven days of action, the main focus will centre on the World Mens and Ladies Open Singles championship grades. Those two titles will go down for decision on finals night on Tuesday 16th October where Cavan’s Paul Brady and Antrim’s Fiona Shannon will be hoping to secure unprecedented fourth successive World titles.
In the Mens Open draw, Paul Brady will go in at number 1 seed and, for the first time, Ireland will also have the number 2 seed in the event as Westmeath’s Robbie McCarthy takes that position in light of his Irish ranking and US Open success on his last excursion to the USA. The US number 1 player, Luis Moreno (Mexico) comes in next at three in the rankings, just ahead of another US player, Sean Lenning. There is no doubt that this looks to be one of the strongest fields ever to compete in a World Open Senior Singles Championship and when the action gets underway in The Citywest next Thursday 11th October, the handball world will have plenty to cheer about.
“We have delivered what we believe is a hugely ambitious project and with thousands destined to attend what will be an amazing spectacle in The Citywest, there is no doubt that the rapid growth of GAA Handball is set to continue for years to come. For any sports fan in the country, this is a brilliant opportunity to savour a World Championship event where the highest levels of skill, speed, endurance and drama can be witnessed in a phenomenal arena where the greatest GAA handball stars do battle with the very best from around the World”, commented GAA Handball Chief Executive, Chris Curran.
The action begins on Thursday 11th October and will get off to a flying start with a Schools Olympics Day from 11am, and from 5pm will see an Ireland v USA showdown in the awesome glass showcourt on the second level of the arena.
Excellent value tickets are on sale now for each day of the event at just €10 (€5 for children) and full details can be found on www.worldhandball2012.com
To see the World Handball Championship Mens Open Singles Draw, click the link below: