Olympic sport since 1936
The modern game of handball was first played towards the end of the 19th
century in Denmark, Germany and Sweden. Recognition of field handball based on
the games of "Raffball" (snatch ball) and "K?nigsbergerball" (Konrad Koch,
1846-1911) occurred at the turn of the century. G. Wallstr?m introduced Sweden
to the sport of "handball" in 1910.
After the men's game debuted on turf football fields at the 1936 Games in
Berlin, the European-based sport next appeared in its present indoor form in
1972 at Munich. A women's division opened in 1976 and it has become one of the
most highly attended Olympic sports.
Marina Vergelyuk (R)
of Krim challenges Chao Zhai of Viborg HK during their final first leg
Champions League handball match in Ljubljana, Slovenia May 14, 2006.