Handball at the Summer Olympics

Handball was first performed in 1936 at the XI. Olympic Games in Berlin on the program, as field handball with eleven players on grass. 1948 in London accounted for handball, 1952 in Helsinki field handball was demonstration sport. 1972 in Munich came Handball back into the program, but now as handball and since 1976 in Montreal, a women's tournament is also held.

1936 Field handball

On the Olympic Congress May 1930 in Berlin Handball was approved along with other team sports for the games in 1936 for the first time, provided the tournament can within the time that was provided for the games are finished. At the tournament took part six countries, Germany won gold ahead of Austria and Switzerland. → Berlin 1936

The attempt to Handball permanently in the Olympic program failed in April 1949 at the 44th IOC Session in Rome. Certainly contributed to this, that four countries Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden had withdrawn in 1936 and handball became increasingly popular. In Helsinki 1952 demonstration game between Sweden and Denmark took place on July 30, which Sweden won 19:11. Thus, the appearance of the Olympic field handball was finished.

From 1972 handball

Twenty years later, olympic handball was again, this time as an indoor handball. In October 1965 its 64th session in Madrid, the IOC Handball again made a Olympic sport. Willi Tom Thumb, president of the West German NOK had organized a demonstration match between Spain and Germany for the IOC.

In Munich in 1972 at the meeting of the IOC 73sten a women's tournament was added to the program for the following games in 1976 in Montral. Since then, both tournaments are an integral part of the Summer Games.