The Brazilian men’s handball team will debut at the Olympics next Friday (23) at 9 pm (GMT), against Norway at the Yoyogi National Gym. And two days before the match, the team arrived at the Olympic Village, in Tokyo, this Wednesday (21).
“Arriving here was a change of air. There was a great expectation for this moment. We went through Rio Maior, in Portugal, then went to Germany and went to Ota, here in Japan. Being here is another climate. Athletes already feel truly in the competition”, declared coach Marcus Tatá.
In addition, the coach also commented on the team’s preparation process: “I believe it was a very good period. Of course I, as a coach, always want something more, I look for something more and I hope for something more. But this is normal. Coaches always look to go the extra mile with their group. But I have to say that everything went according to plan. We played in a Pre-Olympic, we trained and played in Portugal, we played in a tournament in Germany, we worked in Ota. During this period, the focus was on the physical and technical part. On this final stretch, we’re tweaking the tactic to further improve our group play. In addition, we have been working with video of the opponents and presenting in-depth studies on each one of them so that we can play well on the court”.
The Brazilian men’s handball team guaranteed a place in the Tokyo Games with a victory over Chile, in March, during the Pre-Olympic. In Japan, the team will be in Group A alongside Argentina, Spain, Germany, France and Norway. After facing the Nordic country on the debut, Brazil takes on France on the 25th, Spain on the 28th, Argentina on the 29th and Germany on the 1st of August.
At the Olympics, there will be 12 countries divided into two groups of six teams. The top four in each group advance to the quarterfinals, and the dispute continues until the big gold medal decision, scheduled for August 7th.
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