On Saturday, the draw for the U18 World Cup, Kosovo and Serbia in different pots

World Cup, handball

On Saturday from 13:00, in Neu-Ulm, Germany, the draw will be made for the World Championship of handball players up to 18 years. The 14th Women's World Cup is being held in Chuzhou, China from August 25 to XNUMX.

Kosovo is one of the representatives debuting in the U18 World Cup. A total of 32 representatives are competing.

"17 representatives are from Europe, including the debutant Kosovo. Kosovo is one of the four representatives making their debut, along with Chinese Taipei, Greenland and Nigeria.  Six representative teams from Asia, four from Africa, three from South America and two from North America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation will be at the World Cup," the International Handball Federation wrote on Friday.

Kosovo has qualified for the global event through the secondary route, namely through the IHF Trophy. This event aims to develop handball around the world, but also offered a ticket to the World Cup. Kosovo took it. Initially, the young handball players of Kosovo won the IHF Trophy competition for Europe, held last fall in Pristina.

In February, Kosovo U18 won the intercontinental IHF Trophy. In the final, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Kosovo defeated Nigeria. It also won against New Caledonia, Guatemala and Uzbekistan. So to the representatives of developing handball countries.

It is the first time that a representative of Kosovo in team sports, in women's competition, has qualified for the World Cup.

For the lottery, Kosovo is the last in the last pot.

But will it be in a group with Serbia?

Serbia is the last in the first pot, while there is no public decision of the IHF that prohibits the confrontations between Kosovo and Serbia. This was not even mentioned in the Friday announcement made by the IHF.

The European Handball Federation bans the confrontations between Kosovo and Serbia and mentions this before every draw.

In the first pot are also Japan, France, Denmark, Germany, Croatia, Hungary and Egypt.